Month: May 2016

NOVELLA REVIEW | The Voicemail of Magnus Bane by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, and Maureen Johnson

NOVELLA REVIEW | The Voicema..

Review “He’s a lot better when he’s with you. He’s better because he’s happier.” – Cassandra Clare Remember when I said that anything with Magnus and Alec made me happy? I was wrong… This novella absolutely broke my heart into a million tiny pieces. This entire novella is told in voicemails that are left on Magnus Bane’s phone by Alec, Clary, Simon, and Isabelle following a certain incident that happened in City of Lost Souls. The voicemails are heartbreaking and sad. Magnus refuses to answer or call them back. Although I was left with a broken heart and tears, this […]

Posted May 31, 2016
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NOVELLA REVIEW | The Course of True Love (and First Dates) by Cassandra Clare

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Review “He recognized and accepted this strange new feeling: that he would rather be hurt himself than hurt Alec.” – Cassandra Clare More Magnus and Alec! Yay! My heart is filled with so much joy whenever I get to read about the two of them together. This sweet story takes readers through the first date of Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood. I love that it was Alec who asked Magnus out and not the other way around, because that’s totally what I expected. I also love that everything on the date goes horribly wrong, from spilt drinks to running into […]

Posted May 30, 2016
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IBT MAY: ARC REVIEW + GIVEAWAY | Please Don’t Tell by Laura Tims

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Review Thank you to Hannah McBride of Irish Banana for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review for the Please Don’t Tell Blog Tour. “The thing about guilt is that it doesn’t make you want to fix yourself. It makes you shredded and hopeless and small.” –Laura Tims I absolutely love the thriller and mystery genres and Please Don’t Tell was one of my most anticipated 2016 reads. While I think I put just a little too much anticipation behind this novel, I really did love it. The story line kept me guessing the entire time. […]

Posted May 27, 2016
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NOVELLA REVIEW | The Last Stand of the New York Institute by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, and Maureen Johnson

NOVELLA REVIEW | The Last St..

Review “It was one of the few things he had to believe in, the possibility of beauty when faced with the reality of so much ugliness.” – Cassandra Clare I loved this novella a lot. It was a sad yet compelling read. It talks about The Circle and the horrible things they’ve done but this story gives readers a better insight. It is broken up into two parts: New York in 1989 and New York in 1993. The first part tells the story of The Circle and their skewed version of justice that they are trying to uphold by taking […]

Posted May 26, 2016
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NOVELLA REVIEW | What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

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Review “This was love, new and bright and terrifying.” – Cassandra Clare This was definitely one of my favorite novellas of The Bane Chronicles. I absolutely love Magnus and Alec. They are and will always be my OTP. It was a super cute and funny novella. This novella takes place during TMI. It’s Alec’s birthday and Magnus has no idea what to get him. He wants his present to be perfect. I love seeing how Magnus gets giddy over being near Alex and I love watching him fall for the shadowhunter slowly (unlike Clary and Jace). I just loved seeing […]

Posted May 25, 2016
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NOVELLA REVIEW | The Fall of the Hotel Dumort by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson

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Review “Because in the end nothing is worse than seeing the fall of one you loved. It was somehow worse than losing a love. It made everything seem questionable. It made the past bitter and confused.” – Cassandra Clare This novella takes place in the year 1977. Magnus Bane returns to Manhattan, but upon returning he realizes that something is not right. When he gets to his apartment he finds several unwelcome vampires living in it. Something is wrong with them as well. They have been violating the accords by killing humans. Magnus decides its time to pay a visit […]

Posted May 24, 2016
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NOVELLA REVIEW | Saving Raphael Santiago by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

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Review “Oh God, not the bloody vampires again,” said Magnus. “No pun intended.” – Cassandra Clare This novella was really interesting. Readers get to learn Raphael’s backstory. It made me like his character even more. This novella takes place in the 1950’s. Magnus is still in New York. Raphael’s mother reaches out to him and asks if he can find his son. Magnus decides to help her. Raphael’s character was brave and funny and loving. I really got a feel for who he was. I didn’t really know how I felt about him during TMI, but this novella helped me […]

Posted May 23, 2016
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NOVELLA REVIEW | The Rise of the Hotel Dumort by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson

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Review “Nothing is permanent,” Magnus said. “I know this from experience. But you can get new things. You can meet new people. You can go on.” – Cassandra Clare In this novella readers find out how the Hotel Dumort came to be. It takes place in the 1920’s in Manhattan, during the Jazz Age. Magnus owns a speakeasy and uses his magic to fool the cops. We get to meet new characters once again in this novella, like Aldous Nix, who warns Magnus of things to come. Magnus has his suspicions about him and decides to talk to the Institute. […]

Posted May 20, 2016
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NOVELLA REVIEW | The Midnight Heir by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

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Review “How they loved each other, these three, how they had suffered for each another, and yet how much joy they clearly took from simply being in the same room.” – Cassandra Clare Here we go again: Magnus Bane and Herondales in the same room together. I don’t know how much my heart can take. This novel takes place in London during 1903. He has returned to London after being in New York for 25 years where he comes across none other than…a Herondale of course, although this time it’s James, Will and Tessa’s son. He is causing trouble and […]

Posted May 19, 2016
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NOVELLA REVIEW | Vampires, Scones and Edmund Herondale by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

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Review “I shall never eat duck again. I cannot believe I used to like duck. The duck betrayed me.” – Cassandra Clare This was one of the novellas that I could not wait to get my hands on. Magnus Bane + Herondales? Sign me up! I love that Cassandra Clare gave us a novella featuring Will’s father. This novella takes place in London in 1857. Readers get to see some familiar characters from TID series. The Accords are in the process of being negotiated, which brings us to Magnus and Edmund. Another character we get to meet is Linette Owens, […]

Posted May 18, 2016
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