Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

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4stars

Sometimes some you have known all your life becomes no longer familiar to you, but strange in a marvelous way, as if you have discovered a beach you have been visiting all your life is made not of sand but of diamonds, and they blind you with their beauty.

Title: Lord of Shadows
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Dark Artifices #2
Number of pages: 699 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: I loved how we got to know more about Gwyn and other faerie mysteries.
Bad things about this book: The romance between some characters war totally nonsense and I hated it.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 4/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

Took me 20 days to finish this. Some days I didn’t want to pick it up, some other days I wanted to read it just to get it over with. It doesn’t mean I didn’t like it. Don’t get me wrong: there is much I liked but there was also a lot I didn’t. Too much unnecessary drama, the miscommunication, the lies, oh my how many lies and tricks. You’d think they’d learned not to do it after the disasters of the previous book but nooooo here we go again, hiding things, making the worst decisions, not thinking anything through.

Our teenage heroes have to venture into forbidden lands for a mission that will unveil plans and secrets from the Lord of Shadows, aka the Unseelie King. The Black Volume is still lost and it contains too many dark spells to be left floating at large. It doesn’t only contain necromancy spells but it contains spells that could strip shadowhunters of their angelic powers. That could be the end of the world and the dominion of the Lord of Shadows all over humans, shadowhunters and downworlders. I’m fascinated by the fair folks and I want to know everything there is to know about the king, the queen and their secrets. They can’t lie but they can deceive and they’re very good at that. I want to know what they are planning.

Julian sought Mark in the crowd on the steps. He was standing with his hands behind his back, exchanging a mistrustful look with a carved stone gnome. “Your pretense does not fool me, gnome,” he muttered. “My eyes will be upon you.”

You may think the Lord of Shadows is the most evil creature in the whole world and he is the one that is a danger to our teenage heroes, but you’ll be wrong!! The Dearborns and the Cohort were the most awful villains to ever have graced the pages of a shadowhunter book, in my opinion. So hateful and kick butt worthy! Everything was their fault, everything that happened in the last chapter was 100% their doing because they are megalomaniac racists bigots. The worst kind of human beings/shadowhunters.

The romance got to my nerve! That useless plotline of forced love that for me had zero chemistry ruined everything for me. I’m talking about Mark and Cristina obviously. I thought Cristina had more chemistry with a random centurion that she had with Mark. They don’t belong together and as much as I like Kieran (I like him A LOT), I think Mark needs to be by himself for a while and be a big brother. That romantic storyline felt so forced and pointless I sighed everytime I knew a Mark+Cristina moment was approaching. I like Cristina so I hope she finds happiness but, girl, you better keep looking. I know Mark is divine but you both are wrong for each other. Get yourself someone else!

Julian was the kind of person who could descend into Hell and come out with the devil himself owing him a favor.

I may be rambling but I got mad about that. Also about how stubborn Julian was being with the martyr mask he liked to wear. Bad decisions were made, that’s an understatement, and people got hurt. The ending did not shocked me, not much, because the internet is a source of unwanted spoilers you can’t avoid and I already knew a lot of things that were going to happen.

This review is only me being angry at the unnecessary love authors like to put in books. Like it’s so unlikely that two people meet each other for the first time, become friends, and NOT fall in love. What was I thinking? That happens all the time, right? Impossible for them to be, I don’t know, just good friends.

There are still 220 days left until the release of Queen of Air and Darkness that, if I’m not wrong, will be the last book of this shadowhunters trilogy. Am I worried? Oh hell you bet I am! But I’m also curious about a lot of things; I can’t wait to be angry at the forced love story, and to see those two parabatai be free to love each other without lies, curses or LIES. Did I already say lies? I thought it was worth repeating myself. I also can’t wait to see Ty and Kit’s friendship blooming. Those two are adorable and their friendship is worth every single cringe worthy moment of the unnecessary story line I have to bear witness to. See you in 220 days!

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Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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“That’s not the spirit of the law, Emma. Remember? The Law is hard, but it is the Law.”
“I thought it was ‘the Law is annoying, but it is also flexible.”

Title: Lady Midnight
Author: Cassandra Clare
Why you should read this book: Because it will take you again the world of Shadowhunters and Downwolders.

Summary from Goodreads:

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 what killed her parents and avenging her losses.

Together with her parabatai 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?

“Lex malla, lex nulla. A bad law is no law.”

So, I really liked this book but not a 5 stars like, more like a 4- stars like. I enjoyed the story and the characters are great, every one of them with their own personality and charisma. What I didn’t enjoy much was the length of the book, maybe it was a little too much, maybe there were a little too many descriptions that could’ve been avoided. Besides that, I enjoyed the mystery, the drama, the secrets, the lies, the modernity in a world without it, the laughs, the boys, the girls, the pizza, and the sass.

“The whale without Ahab is just a whale. A whale with no problems. A stress-free whale.”

I didn’t like very much the love stories. Maybe only one but then of course it was ruined, RUINED, I saw a lot of potential in it and it was ripped away from me a little too soon. I hope we are going to see more of it in the second book because I need it.

“Faeries are dramatic. It’s what we do.”

When I read Emma and Julian were parabatai I told myself BUT OF COURSE, they will fall in love, their love will be forbidden, drama here, drama there, misunderstandings everywhere. Well, the usual, right? I wasn’t hopeful, I started the book already prepared for what it indeed delivered.

“Emma,” said Cameron warningly. “The Clave won’t like it.”
The Clave was the Shadowhunter government. In Kit’s experience, they didn’t like anything.”

The Blackthorns were really nice to read about. The character I loved the most in this book was Ty, Tiberius Blackthorn. I thought he was a little bit like myself, different from the other members of the family, weirdly excited about random stuff, doesn’t show much affection but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t love everyone around him. He shows he cares differently and his personality is adorable. I want to read more about him.

“Why are you wearing a T-shirt under your other T-shirt?” Livvy asked.
“In case one of them is stolen,” Marked said, as it were entirely normal.”

I, of course loved Mark. Who can resist a half faerie half nephilim guy with pointed ears who speaks lie he came right from an old book? Lovely beyond compare. Yeah, he starts changing the way he speaks the more he stays among shadowhunters but nontheless he is a fascinating character and I loved almost everything about him. He annoyed me a little bit the last chapters of the book because, come on, you overreated, man-elf, that’s not nice!

“This cat is looking at me with judgment.”“He’s not,” said Jules. “That’s just his face.”“You look at me the same way,” Mark said, glancing at Julian. “Judgy face.”

I liked that Julian wasn’t like Jace, all emo about life. He isn’t exactly a ray of shunshine but he is adorable and he is trying his best, he loves too much and that’s a problem and it’s going to be a huge problem in the next book, I’m sure of that. Loving too much is painful and can break you. Oh, it is going to break him, and us. Oh yeah, it is going to happen.

“These pictures are my heart. And if my heart was a canvas, every square inch of it would be painted over with you.”

The mystery. Who is the murder? What is going on in LA? I had a couple of suspects in the beginning, they weren’t the murders, I misjudged them and I’m sorry of that. The murder wasn’t 100% a surprise buti t was hidden quite well. If they didn’t guessed it and I didn’t guessed it then I can say that I am as smart as at least 8 shadowhunters. I like that.

“No one is ever the villain of their own story.”

I may be one of the few that liked how the book ended. I saw the point in everything that happened. I think that was a very wise move because it involved the life of another human being. It’s a not a silly thing, it’s not a decision made by a confused teenager who doesn’t know best. The decision was thought deeply and I think it was the only way to go. Lies are bad but in this case, I cannot say it isn’t for the best.

Well, it’s not that I can’t really wait for the sequel but I’m very curious. I just hope it’s not going to be an over 700 pages book, I will settle for 580, 590 tops.

Do I recommend it? Of course, if you missed Shadowhunters you really should read this.
Rate: 4/5

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City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

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“Heroes aren’t always the ones who win,” she said. “They’re the ones who lose, sometimes. But they keep fighting, they keep coming back. They don’t give up. That’s what makes them heroes.”

Title: City of Heavenly Fire
Author: Cassandra Clare
Why you should read this book: You’ve read 5 books of TMI series, of course you want to know how it all ends!

Summary from Goodreads:

In this dazzling and long-awaited conclusion to the acclaimed Mortal Instruments series, Clary and her friends fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary’s own brother.

Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell.

The embattled Shadowhunters withdraw to Idris – but not even the famed demon towers of Alicante can keep Sebastian at bay. And with the Nephilim trapped in Idris, who will guard the world against demons?

When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee – even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned…

Love will be sacrificed and lives lost in the terrible battle for the fate of the word in the thrilling final installment of the classic urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments!

“Temper us in fire, and we grow stronger. When we suffer, we survive.”

STOP! This review may contain spoilers!

After years and years, also thanks to Lady Midnight, I decided to finish the Shadowhunters series. It took me quite some time but in a little time, more or less, I fininished what was left to be finished. Besides The Magnus Chronicles that I will read later and The Tales from the Shadowhunters Academy that I will read probably while reading Lady Midnight.

This last book scared me a little bit, being over 700 pages and, besides from the over 1000 pages of Tales from Earthsea, I haven’t read anything over 600 pages in a while. I didn’t give up and here I am now!

This was a beautiful and, let me say, perfect conclusion to the Mortal Instruments saga; I liked this book a little more than the 5 before that always left me with some doubts: Clary going rogue and risking everyone’s life because she didn’t think before doing anything, Jace and his misery and his negativity about everything everytime and the Clave making one terrible decision after the other.

“Every time I think I’m missing a piece of me, you give it back.”

Jace had his no moment also in this book, the situation wasn’t the best to be in, having the heavenly fire inside of him and not being able, as the teenager he is, to “be” with his beloved girlfriend. It seems that the universe doesn’t want to see them being a lighthearted couple that can kiss whenever they want without worrying about the world crumbling down on top of them. Jace is still tormented by his late father, Valentine, and he is positive that he isn’t a good person, he doubts every decision he has to make because of that. Luckily he has his lovely parabatai, Alec, helping him and comforting him the best he can.

“I did not make a pie,” Alec repeated, gesturing expressively with one hand, “for three reasons. One, because I do not have any pie ingredients. Two, because I don’t actually know how to make a pie.”
He paused, clearly waiting.
Removing his sword and leaning it against the cave wall, Jace said warily, “And three?”
“Because I am not your bitch,” Alec said, clearly pleased with himself.”

Alec, sweet and beautiful Alec. He took very bad decisions in the previous book and now he founds himself single and heartbroken. It is obvious that the hasn’t stopped loving Magnus even after Magnus broke up with him. He is upset, his heart in pieces and he is trying to convince Magnus to change his mind and take him back. It is the first time he is feeling this way for someone else, life makes sense now, he has changed, he grew up, he is really a better person since he met Magnus and he is sure that they have to be together. I want them together, their love story is one of a kind, very sweet, a lot hard: Magnus is immortal, Alec is mortal, there’s nothing to change that, they will not have many years together but that doesn’t mean that they can’t make the best of the time they can actually have together and build a nice and happy life. It is best to have a great love for a day than being loveless for eternity. Their love is breattaking and it’s worth it. Destiny, I am still waiting for that kind of love, I am patience!

“Oh, God, the lovebirds,” Magnus said, pulling the pillow off his face. “I hate happy couples.”

“Straight people,” Alec declared. “Why can’t they control themselves?”

Clary has matured a lot in the month the story takes place. Months in which Clary went from being impulsive and spoiled to be a rational girl who thinks about everyone’s well-being. Her love for her is really strong, hard to contain, it explodes from every pore in her body everytime she sees him. He made her the girl she is today, they helped each other grow up and being better persons, better warriors and better lovers. They had lots of downs but also lots of ups in their relationships. The price for the most agonizing teenager in love goes definitely to Jace but sometimes they can share it. Sebastian being everywhere makes Clary’s live harder, her feelings for her brother are confusing, he is her brother but also a crazy serial killer psycopath, it’s a dilemma. She hates him, of course she hates him, but she also wonders what life could’ve been if they grew up together, if Valentine didn’t inject demon blood in him, if their family was a happy one. I know that her tears for Sebastian/Jonathan are sincere, they couldn’t be otherwise, their destinies crossed, she saw somethine more than a killer in him and made her wonder if somewhere under all that violence her brother could be found.

“It wasn’t sexy,” he said.
“It was a little sexy,” Simon said…
“It wasn’t,” said Alec.
“I had some feelings,” said Simon.”

Oh Simon, my Simon. Everything he does, for me, it is the right thing to do. A lot of awful things happened to him in only a few months. If they’d happened to other people I think they’d gone nuts in a few days. Simon puts himself in play, he gives his all for the people he loves and he loves a lot of people. Simon is really a lucky guy, surrounded but people who would do anything for him and who would die for him. Simon and Clary are best friends since they were little, their chemistry is intense, we all need a best friend like the one they have. The love Simon has for Izzy is sweet and pure (not always, they boy is often horny!), also difficult but that doesn’t keep them from giving all himself to the girl he believes is too much for him. The decision he made at the end of the book blew my mind. I didn’t expect ita t all. I had half an idea and for a moment I thought it was the one, then everything changed and, wow, I didn’t see that coming. I was satisfied, though, it was a nice turnout.

There was a lot of death, a lot of characters left us too soon, they didn’t deserve it and I was really sorry for them. New characters were introduced, characters we are going to learn to know in Lady Midnight. Emma and Julian and all the thousand Blackthorn children. Their parents were really productive!

“Brother Zachariah,” Isabelle said. “Months January through December of the Hot Silent Brothers Calendar. What’s he doing here?”

“There’s a Hot Silent Brothers Calendar?” said Alec. “Do they sell it?”

BROTHER ZACHARIAH!! Are we going to talk about Jem’s great return? A miracle occurred and he is back, he i sas he was before his illness and he couldn’t be more beautiful, I missed him so much. I’d loved him to tell Emma about him and her ancestors, maybe he will do it in Lady Midnight, we’ll see.

Tessa also made a comeback! The epilogue of this book takes place after the epilogue of Clockwork Princess so Jem and Tessa re together and very happy. I’d loved Tessa to tell Clary and Jace more about the Herondales, about the fact that she married Will and that Jace is his legacy. I hope someday and in some way she will tell him everything.

“Family isn’t blood. It’s the people who love you. The people who have your back.”

What else can I say? I said everything and nothing, I wanted to quote the parts I loved the most, there were so many sentences that made me laugh. Like everytime Jace says he is the best, the most beautiful, the smartest, that attitude is a Herondale genetic “malfunction”. A lot of times I wasn’t very fond of him but now I cry a little thinking that I won’t read about him being narcissistic and everything. I will miss him and everyone else. It’s so hard to say goodbye!

Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 5/5

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Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

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“Life is a book and there are a thousand pages I have not yet read.”

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)

Title: Clockwork Princess

Author: Cassandra Clare
Why you should read this book: The last of this trilogy is a must read, trust me!

Summary from Goodreads:

Danger and betrayal, love and loss, secrets and enchantment are woven together in the breathtaking finale to the #1 New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices Trilogy, prequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

THE INFERNAL DEVICES WILL NEVER STOP COMING

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.

“You endure what is unbearable, and you bear it. That is all.”

Great conclusion with a wonderful epilogue that, even if I wasn’t very sure about how I’d react, was perfect under every aspect.

This review contains spoilers!!

The second book ended in a very painful way, Will was heartbroken and only breathing was difficult for him, poor boy. Will confessed his love to Tessa soon after he found out he didn’t have a curse after all and that he could love and let people love him without any danger. It’s a pity that his bitchy behavior drove Tessa away and made her have doubts about Will’s real feelings so she developed other, stronger feelings, for Jem, with whom she spent a lot of time together. Our heart is big enough to contain not only one love, but multiple loved, without one being less strong than the other. That’s exactly what happened to Tessa. Well, I wouldn’t have made some of the decisions she made but she is much younger than me, living more than 130 years ago, she couldn’t know 100% what she was doing, right?

“Men may be stronger, but it is women who endure.”

Will is, as usual, melodramatic. He admits it and indeed he is that way. Will is doing his best to be happy for Jem and Tessa’s engagement, he has to pretend that his world hasn’t just turned upside down and that everything is okay. Unfortunately it isn’t so and every time he sees Tessa a little bit of him dies a little. Moreover there is Jem who seems to be getting worse every day and the hope of finding a cure is almost nonexistent.

“It has been the privilege and the honor of my life to know you.”

Jem  made a rushed decision for love with maybe one of the worst consequences one can imagine. Love makes us less smart a little too often and we only think of the present. If you stop to think a little you understand how that kind of decision can bring a happy present but the world around starts crumbling in pieces and there’s not way of going back. Jem didn’t understand that or maybe he didn’t want to think about it because that would’ve taken away from him happy moments with Tessa that otherwise he couldn’t have got. Jem is such a strong character, in this book more than in the ones before, he shows us that he can be less sweet but more determined in his choices. He thought more of himself than the others for once, leaving the others to think for themselves.

“And now I need you to do for me what I cannot do for myself. For you to be my eyes when I do not have them. For you to be my hands when I cannot use my own. For you to be my heart when mine is done beating.”

Another character I loved was Magnus Bane. You can see how his love (or tolerance) for shadowhunters starts. He finds them fascinating, they bring lots of trouble but has so many interesting layers. He was already in the world so many years before the first shadowhunter appeared and maybe he will be there when they’ll be gone, but for now he is starting to understand more about them. I find really interesting that he knew a lot of Alec’s ancestors. I wish he’d tell that story to Alec one day.

“A very magnanimous statement, Gideon,” said Magnus.
“I’m Gabriel.”
Magnus waved a hand. “All Lightwoods look the same to me.”

I will miss all the character in this series, not only Will, Tessa and Jem. I will miss Charlotte and her determination, young but with so many responsibilities; Henry and his genius inventions which sometimes work as they should. Luckily they work and shadowhunters from that age on will have easier lives because of him. Sophie who for once stopped being the girl with the scar but a warrior, honest and deserving of all the love that she receives. The Lightwood brothers, Gabriel and Gideon, very different from each other, with their strong character and willing to take risks to make amend for mistakes done. I will miss very much the new entry, Cecily Herondale, Will’s sister. Little but lethal, she shows from the very beginning all she could do, how strong she really was. She faces all the missions head high, she is not easily afraid and, differently from her brother, when she has feelings she shows them and do something about it. She takes what she wants, she doesn’t wait for anyone! Good for you, Cecy!

As I was saying, the epilogue was the perfect conclusion to the series. It takes place a lot of years after the ending of the book and it also takes place some time after the ending of City of Heavenly Fire (that I’m still reading). Things happen, good and sadly also bad, that’s life, future is never already written, you face what you have in front of you the best you can, you make mistakes on the way, but you don’t forget to love and to allow people to love you back. It’s never too late to open your own heart.

“Tessa touched his wrist lightly with her hand. “Be brave,” she said. “It’s not a duck, is it?”

Do I recommend it? Yes, love triangles are STILL tiring but not as much as before.
Rate: 5/5

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City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

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“Missing, one stunningly attractive teenage boy. Answers to ‘Jace’ or ‘Hot Stuff”

Title: City of Lost Souls
Author: Cassandra Clare
Why you should read this book: This is the 5th book of the Shadowhunters series, I don’t need to tell you to read it, if you’ve read them until now you will feel the need to read it!

Summary from goodreads (lately I don’t know how to write them):

The New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments continues—and so do the thrills and danger for Jace, Clary, and Simon.

What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith’s magic has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.

“You may have the worst timing since Napoleon decided the dead of winter was the right moment to invade Russia.”

Spoilers if you haven’t read the books from 1 to 4 of this series.

The book begins a couple of weeks after the events of the last book, with Jace gone and Sebastian alive again. He couldn’t stay dead, right? That can be said for both of the boys.
Everyone is desperate about Jace, they don’t sleep, they don’t eat, they can’t keep on going with their lives. Alec, his parabatai, feels he is not dead but there is something different, it’s like something is missing. Jace is indeed alive but he is not himself. The bond created by Lilith between him and Sebastian is transforming him into someone he is not. If Sebastian feels that the world stinks then Jace thinks that too, and he doesn’t think it is a bad idea. Moreover, if either of them gets hurt, the other too will get hurt. One dead, the other dead too. This is not very easy to solve.

What to do? Clary and company wants to bring Jace home at all costs. Jace, being her soulmate and adopted brother to the Lightwoods, Clary will do everything in her power to bring him back alive, she will do anything. She will take this to another level, putting her life at risk. Usually I don’t like her very much, she is very immature, but I have to save that feeling wasn’t very present reading this book, almost. Almost!! Her behavior and thoughts are so different from mine and that makes her look a little annoying in my eyes.
I don’t know how many times I can read about Jace’s face and body perfection or how much golden his eyes and hair are. I couldn’t take it anymore. It’s been 5 books, I know his is dreamy, his body is perfect, I know his hair and eyes are like gold, I don’t need a constant reminder of his statuary perfection.
Now we also have the description of Sebastian’s perfect body and aspect, luckily not as present as Jace’s but it seems that overtime one of the two guys enter the room she has to say how perfect they are.

“I will have you know I practiced that speech. In front of a mirror before you got here.”
“So what do you think it meant?”
“I’m not sure,” Jace admitted, “but I know I look damn good delivering it.”

While Clary is busy in this risky mission saving Jace from the handsomely perfect Sebastian (is your brother, eww), the others are in New York trying to find something to do. We have Alec, Magnus, Isabelle, Simon, Jocelyn, Jordan and Maia are busy in different mini missions trying to learn how to separate Jace and Sebastian and kill only the bad guy, maybe a magical weapon. Magnus has every single one of them in his house and that doesn’t make him happy. That, beyond the fact that between him and Alec something is off, they are drifting apart, and maybe things aren’t going to last.

Alec disappointed me a lot. Love is hard, it hurts and makes you take decisions that can not only ruin your life but also the lives of people around you. I thought Alec wasn’t the type to get that jealous because of his boyfriend’s past, that’s dangerous! He made really bad decisions, he didn’t understand that all of that could’ve ruined what he thought he was trying to fix. How can you think that doing something behind someone’s back is going to make that person happy? Alec, that was really immature and selfish from you and that’s not ok.

“Does she still love you?”
“I don’t think so,” Magnus said dryly. “She wasn’t very pleasant the last time I saw her. Of course, that could be because I’ve got an eighteen year-old boyfriend with a stamina rune and she doesn’t.”
Alec sputtered. “As the person being objectified, I … object to that description of me.”

Simon was again the voice of reason and the bearer of zero disappointments. He has his sad moments, after all a lot of awful things happened to him since he found out about the Shadowhunters world. Simon is in my opinion the mature one of the group. I don’t anything bad to say about him, he is sort of my weakness.

Without revealing too much, I think this book was better than the last one in which Jace was extremely painful to read, the victim of every situation, the world hated him and everything. There wasn’t much action but it’s surely because there will be a lot of it in the last book. Chapters were easy to read, dialogues were funny and the pieces of this complicated puzzles are almost all there. I can’t wait to see the puzzle completed and understand how everything is going to go down. I just hope tricky little Sebastian will perish in a very painful way. The most painful!

Do I recommend it? Yes, we are almost there, the end is near.
Rate: 4/5

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Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

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“Remember when you tried to convince me to feed a poultry pie to the mallards in the park to see if you could breed a race of cannibal ducks?”
“They ate it too,” Will reminisced. “Bloodthirsty little beasts. Never trust a duck.”

Title: Clockwork Angel
Author: Cassandra Clare
Why you should read this book: Prequel of the Mortal Instruments books, this trilogy is a must read if you love the Shadowhunters world!

Summary taken directly from Goodreads because I really didn’t know how to explain it better:
The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them.

“Look at him. The face of a bad angel and eyes like the night sky in Hell. He’s very pretty, and vampires like that. I can’t say I mind either.”

Took me ages but I did it, I finished reading it and it was totally worth it. Now I really understand why this book has such a high rating. The story, the ambience, the twists, the magic, the pretty boys….aww yeah, the pretty duo, Will and Jem, black and white, bitchy and sweet!

Tessa, our damsel in distress, is young and naive, it’s her first time in London, away from her home in New York City. She has been invited by her brother Nate. Well, it didn’t turn out the way she expected.
Kidnappings, monsters, vampires, mechanical enemies and this whole new world with Shadowhunters in it. Of course she fancies Will, come on, it’s so easy to fall for him, so damned handsome with his hair, his smile, his eyes, his I-don’t-care-about-you attitude!

“It’s okay to love someone who doesn’t love you back, as long as they’re worth loving.”

At first of course I was falling for Will and maybe I still have a crush on him. Dark messy hair, blue eyes, that dangerous look girls fall for. Then I got to meet Jem, a truly little gem (pun intended XD). He is so sweet, I think he is hiding some feelings but he doesn’t allow that to keep him from being polite with their guests! Yes, Will, I’m looking at you!

“Will looked horrified. “What kind of monster could possibly hate chocolate?”

Side characters were also very nice to know. Every inhabitant of the Institute have their part in the story and without them it would be empty. I just didn’t know how to picture them, I keep changing my mind. Then when I found out Charlotte and Henry’s real age I started laughing to hard. So young…why does everyone has to be so young? I felt old and useless. Charlotte runs the Institute and I haven’t run since 2005!

“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”

The mysteries!! Magnus Bane!! I loved it all. The twist caught me off guard, I thought my theories were quite right but no, I really didn’t see that coming.

The ending! What kind of ending was that???? Come on, I want to know! Can’t wait to read more about all of them!

Do I recommend it? Yes, you will fall in love with the characters.
Rate: 5/5

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City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

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“Not everything is about you,” Clary said furiously.
“Possibly,” Jace said, “but you do have to admit that the majority of things are.”

Title: City of Glass
Author: Cassandra Clare
Why you should read this book: If you love these series of books there’s no way you will miss it!

If you haven’t read the first two books don’t read the summary nor the review because it may contain spoilers.

Clary needs to go to Idris, home of the shadowhunters, to find a cure for her mother. Demons attacked the institute and Jace, Alec and Isabelle had to take the portal to Idris without Clary, taking Simon with them! When she founds out she uses her new power, the ability to create runes, to create a portal and go to the City of Glass, breaking the law and probably being sent to prison, or even sentenced to death.
After seeing that nobody, specially Jace, want her there, she finds a friend in a newly met shadowhunter named Sebastian. He offers to help her find the cure. But nothing is as easy as it seems and problems are just around the corner.

“People aren’t born good or bad. Maybe they’re born with tendencies either way, but it’s the way you live your life that matters.”

I had a problem with how Clary behaved in this book. I have always thought she was kind of selfish and self-centered but in the first half of City of Glass I thought she was exaggerating. I was so angry because she did things without thinking of the consequences, without realizing people could get hurt by her actions.

I was also really angry at Jace. Come on, boy, just tell the truth, it’s hard, I know, but not telling the truth it’s definitely worst and you know it. He was being all emo: the world is against me, I am not worth it, I am a monster, nobody can love me etc. Get a grip, Jace, this isn’t a telenovela! You don’t tell what is really going on and you suffer, Clary suffers and everyone else in the room can’t take any more of your drama. You are a shadowhunter, act like one!

The twist! It wasn’t a surprise for me but I think that maybe I’ve read about it a long time ago when I was looking for something in the shadowhunters wiki. I spoiled myself but I didn’t know about THAT thing that happened! It was gross. When I thought about the other books and that thing that already happened it didn’t feel as gross but maybe the reason was because it wasn’t supposed to be wrong so my I felt it differently. I hope I’m not spoiling anything. I was just surprised!

Luke is always perfect in my opinion, he makes the right decisions and acts rationally. We need him to be head of everything, he is a problem solver.
There isn’t much Malec in this book as I wished but what was there was more than enough to make me happy until the start of the next book. Alec, good boy, that was exactly was I was waiting for. Couldn’t have done it better myself! Maybe the age difference won’t be a problem; Magnus doesn’t look his age at all, he said it, I agree.
Our little Simon, sexier by the minute, being all cool and strong. He really is growing as a character. I can’t wait to see more about him and his journey to become a stronger vampire; he is unique and that is certainly his winning point, he has to use it more even if other vampires are afraid of him. Isabelle was the voice of truth, she said what I wanted to say, we were connected. She is a strong girl but in this book you can see how frail she really is. It shows us different aspects of what makes her the shadowhunter we know already.

I have so many books to read so the next one will have to wait a few days. I can’t wait to see what is going to happen now!

Do I recommend it? Yes, do it for Malec, do it for the ship.
Rate: 4/5

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