Book Review: Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2) by Cassandra Clare

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Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pub Date: May 23, 2017
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 701
Source: Purchased
Genre(s): YA, Fantasy,
Rating: ★★★½
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Book Review: Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices: Manga, #3) by Cassandra Clare

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

A prequel to Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, The Infernal Devices is the story of Tessa Gray, a sixteen-year-old American girl traveling alone to Victorian London who runs afoul of the city’s sordid supernatural underworld. Rescued by the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, Tessa quickly finds herself caught up in an intrigue that may very well destroy her new friends – including the two enigmatic young men, Jem and Will, who have taken her under their wing.

My mini-review:

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

Even in manga form, the ending made me shatter into a million little FEELS. Will, Jem and Tessa are probably my all-time favourite love triangle.

Once again, I highly recommend this to any fan of the Shadowhunter world.

★★★★ (4.5 stars) because it’s close, but it doesn’t have all the magic that the original book does.

Book Review: Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices: Manga, #2) by Cassandra Clare

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

A prequel to Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, The Infernal Devices is the story of Tessa Gray, a sixteen-year-old American girl traveling alone to Victorian London who runs afoul of the city’s sordid supernatural underworld. Rescued by the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, Tessa quickly finds herself caught up in an intrigue that may very well destroy her new friends – including the two enigmatic young men, Jem and Will, who have taken her under their wing.

My mini-review:

“Wo ai ni, Tessa,” he whispered. “Wo bu xiang shi qu ni.” She knew, without knowing how she knew, what the words meant. I love you. And I don’t want to lose you.”

This was a lot better than the Clockwork Angel manga, which is not surprising seeing as the trilogy improved with each book. I’m reminded all over again why this story has such a hold on me. Despite the lack of character development, it’s still a breeze to read. I just “fill in the blanks” when I know something has been left out of a scene.

★★★★ (4 stars) because how is it possible to root for more than one love interest?!

Book Review: Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices: Manga, #1) by Cassandra Clare

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

A manga-adaption to the prequel of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, The Infernal Devices is the story of Tessa Gray, a sixteen-year-old American girl traveling alone to Victorian London who runs afoul of the city’s sordid supernatural underworld. Rescued by the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, Tessa quickly finds herself caught up in an intrigue that may very well destroy her new friends – including the two enigmatic young men, Jem and Will, who have taken her under their wing.

My mini-review:

“It’s all right to love someone who doesn’t love you back, as long as they’re worth you loving them. As long as they deserve it.”

This was fun to read! I absolutely loved The Infernal Devices trilogy, so it’s no surprise that the manga version would be just as enthralling! The only reason I wouldn’t give this 5 stars is because of the sheer amount of plot/character development that was left out (even though this is completely reasonable for a manga).

I highly recommend this for any fan of the Shadowhunter world and all that it entails.

★★★★ (4 stars) because the cannibal ducks still made it into this one!

Book Review: City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3) by Cassandra Clare

Synopsis from Goodreads:

To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters – never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City – whatever the cost?

My review:

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

I have to admit, everything really is about Jace. This book, this series, would really be nothing without him. All throughout the book, I was buried in possibilities, trying to figure out Jace’s “deal”. I won’t say anything else about that though. Most of you have already read these books, so there’s nothing I could add here that you wouldn’t already know. And for those of you who haven’t read these books yet, I would suggest reading The Infernal Devices first. I am also pleasantly surprised at the improvement (of characters, plot, conflict, etc.) in this book compared to the one prior. If this series were to have remained a trilogy, this would have been a great ending.

★★★★ (4 stars) for reminding me why I didn’t stop reading after the first book.

Book Review: City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) by Cassandra Clare

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

My mini-review:

“Growing up happens when you start having things you look back on and wish you could change.”

In retrospect, I am now extremely grateful that I started out with The Infernal Devices. I believe TID set the mood for me to really appreciate, or at least try to appreciate, The Mortal Instruments series. This second book was a huge improvement from City of Bones, and I’m happy that a certain someone‘s true lineage is slowly coming to light. I knew there was something I liked about him.

★★★ (3.5 stars) for keeping my dreams filled with a substantial amount of angels to counterbalance the numerous demons.

Book Review: City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare

Synopsis from Goodreads:

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know.

My review:

“Where there is love, there is often also hate. They can exist side by side.”

So, I have a love/hate feeling about this book. Someone recommended that I read The Infernal Devices before The Mortal Instruments series (which I did), but now I wish I read TMI first. Or I don’t. I don’t know. My point is: The Infernal Devices was good. I really enjoyed it. And then I read City of Bones and was very disappointed. The Shadow World is essentially the same but I suppose I had higher expectations going into it. I will also say that right after I finished reading this book, I looked at the reviews and had absolutely no idea about that whole plagiarism business with Cassandra Clare. Needless to say, I’m shocked. Grossed out, really. I tried not to let this affect my review but I didn’t like the book so much to begin with, so I hardly think it matters.

If I focus only on City of Bones as a singular thing to assess, I would say that it has the elements of novels I like: an interesting premise (demons and hunters and angels, etc.) and a somewhat interesting mix of characters. I say “somewhat” because each character is kind of predictable in their own way. If I’m being completely honest, I only wanted to finish this book in order to see where Jace and Clary’s romance went (if it went anywhere). Let’s just say it was cringe-worthy. Which is quite funny because I’ve seen the movie and I already knew what was coming and it still made me cringe. I physically and emotionally cringed when that information was revealed. Even the word cringe is making me cringe now. I’ll stop.

If I hadn’t read The Infernal Devices already, I wouldn’t be giving this book 3 stars right now. However, I will give it ★★★ (3 stars) because my enjoyment of the prequel series suggests that there is potential for the next book in TMI to please me. I don’t know anything about what happens after the first instalment, and I am genuinely curious to see how the individual stories of each character unfold. And I am a little obsessed with the Shadow World, so I can’t not finish this series.

P.S. Let’s face it. If I read this book years ago (when it was at its peak), I would have absolutely loved it.

Book Review: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

My mini-review:

“Sometimes one must choose whether to be kind or honorable,” he said. “Sometimes one cannot be both.”

I have nothing else to say other than it has been an absolute pleasure reading this trilogy. I almost wish I would have read slower so as to prolong my experience in the world of Shadowhunters.

★★★★ (4.5 stars) for truly placing me in another world.