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Book Review: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

 


Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare 
Series: The Dark Artifices, #1
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 698 pages
Published on March 8th 2016 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Cassandra Clare: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
I read the Finnish version, “Keskiyön Valtiatar”.

Synopsis:
The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in the first novel in Cassandra Clare’s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Lady Midnight is a Shadowhunters novel.

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?

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Book Review: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare

 


Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare 
Series: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, #1-10
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 655 pages
Published on November 15th 2016 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Cassandra Clare: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Simon Lewis has been a human and a vampire, and now he is becoming a Shadowhunter. But the events of City of Heavenly Fire left him stripped of his memories, and Simon isn’t sure who he is anymore. He knows he was friends with Clary, and that he convinced the total goddess Isabelle Lightwood to go out with him…but he doesn’t know how. And when Clary and Isabelle look at him, expecting him to be a man he doesn’t remember…Simon can’t take it.
So when the Shadowhunter Academy reopens, Simon throws himself into this new world of demon-hunting, determined to find himself again. His new self. Whomever this new Simon might be.

But the Academy is a Shadowhunter institution, which means it has some problems. Like the fact that non-Shadowhunter students have to live in the basement. And that differences—like being a former vampire—are greatly looked down upon. At least Simon is trained in weaponry—even if it’s only from hours of playing D&D.

Join Simon on his journey to become a Shadowhunter, and learn about the Academy’s illustrious history along the way, through guest lecturers such as Jace Herondale, Tessa Gray, and Magnus Bane. These ten short stories give an epilogue to the Mortal Instruments series and provide glimpses of what’s in store in the Dark Artifices.

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Double Book Review: Hell’s Geek by Eve Langlais + A Demon Found by Holley Trent

 


Hell’s Geek by Eve Langlais 
Series: Welcome To Hell, #5
Genre: Paranormal | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 228 pages
Published on September 2017 by Eve Langlais (first published October 22nd 2015)
Eve Langlais: Website Twitter Goodreads
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Synopsis:
Being smart in Hell isn’t a blessing, it’s a curse. Poor Adexios, he just can’t live up to his dad’s reputation—nor does he want to. He’s got bigger dreams than ferrying damned souls the rest of his life.
Problem is Lucifer’s up to his matchmaking tricks again and is determined to pair him with a violent Amazon warrior—with bodacious curves.
Dragged into the wilds of Hell, Adexios is supposed to locate demons and conscript them to the legion, but instead discovers a malignant force is at work, and if they’re not careful it might claim their lives.

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Book Review: City Of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

 


City Of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare 
Series: The Mortal Instruments, #6
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 733 pages
Published on May 28th 2014 by Walker Books
Cassandra Clare: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world changed in the sixth and last instalment of the internationally bestselling The Mortal Instruments series.
Erchomai, Sebastian had said. I am coming.
Darkness returns to the Shadowhunter world. As their society falls apart around them, Clary, Jace, Simon and their friends must band together to fight the greatest evil the Nephilim have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Nothing in this world can defeat him – must they journey to another world to find the chance?

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Book Review: Beauty Awakened by Gena Showalter

 


Beauty Awakened by Gena Showalter 
Series: Angels After Dark, #2
Genre: Paranormal | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 447 pages
Published on March 1st 2013 by Mira Books
Gena Showalter: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
His name is Koldo. He is scarred, powerful, his control legendary-and he lives only for vengeance, determined to punish the angel who viciously removed his wings. But if he yields to the forces of hatred, he will be kicked from the heavens, eternally damned.
She is his last hope. Nicola Lane was born with a defective heart, yet this fragile human shows surprising strength as demons stalk her every move, determined to end her. She is the key to Koldo’s deliverance…and his downfall. Though he fights duty, destiny and his first addictive taste of desire, his toughest battle will be the one for Nicola’s life-even if he has to sacrifice his own….

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Book Review: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

 


Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare 
Series: The Infernal Devices, #3
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 568 pages
Published on March 19th 2013 by  Walker Books
Cassandra Clare: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Tessa Gray should be happy — aren’t all brides happy? Yet as she prepares for her wedding to Jem Carstairs, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. He needs only one last item to complete his plan of destruction. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa’s heart, will do anything to save her

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Book Review: City Of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

 


City Of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare 
Series: The Mortal Instruments, #5
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 490 pages
Published on July 15th 2013 by Otava
Cassandra Clare: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
I read the Finnish version, “Kadotettujen Sielujen Kaupunki”.

Synopsis:
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.

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Book Review: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

 


Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare 
Series: The Infernal Devices, #2
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 512 pages
Published on December 6th 2011 by  Walker Books
Cassandra Clare: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.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….

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Book Review: City Of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

 


City Of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare 
Series: The Mortal Instruments, #4
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 424 pages
Published on September 2012 by Otava
Cassandra Clare: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
I read the Finnish version, “Langeneiden Enkelten Kaupunki”.

Synopsis:
The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most importantly of all—she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.
But nothing comes without a price.
Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. Clary’s best friend, Simon, can’t help her—his mother just found out that he’s a vampire, and now he’s homeless. When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.

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Book Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

 


Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare 
Series: The Infernal Devices, #1
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 479 pages
Published on August 31st 2010 by  Walker Books
Cassandra Clare: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.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….

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