Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare // Book Reviews

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Today I have a mighty long review for Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. Most of it is spoiler free with a spoiler section at the end. However, you may be spoiled for book #1, Lady Midnight so you may want to avoid this review until AFTER you’ve read that one. And you should definitely avoid that synopsis below. Otherwise, let’s go on!

30312891Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Series: The Dark Artifices (#2)
Genre: Paranormal
Publication: May 23rd 2017 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pages: 701
Source: Borrowed

Would you trade your soul mate for your soul?

A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.

Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?

Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.

When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.


PLOT

I feel that I connected with the characters more than the overall plot arc in this novel. There were so many subplots that fitted well into the storyline. The layers gave the story sophistication and characters a great deal of depth.

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas // Book Reviews

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Today I’ve got a review for A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas because I haven’t posted one in a VERY long time. This review has a couple of spoilers about a couple of characters (Tamlin and Rhysand) but if you don’t care, keep reading! If you’re still weighing up whether you should read this novel but want to get a feel of the book, you should probably stop reading once you get to CHARACTERS. So, these are my thoughts!!

17927395A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses (#2)
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
Publication: May 3rd 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Pages: 624
Source: Borrowed
3.5 stars

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.


GENERAL THOUGHTS

Great. More territorial fae.

I was rather disappointed with this sequel and I think a majority of this was because of my huge expectations and the massive amount of hype. I have very conflicting thoughts about this book and the characters.

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling // Book Reviews

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As I’ve been rereading the Harry series, I’ve been reviewing it and it’s been so much fun! Today I’ve got a spoiler review for book Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince so we’re super close to the end. All the spoiler thoughts are at the end of the review so just in case you haven’t read this book yet, there is a WARNING before spoilers begin. If you want to know my thoughts on the series, I have a review for every book:

And now, let’s discuss this amazing novel!

93124Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

Series: Harry Potter (#6)
Genre: Fantasy
Publication: July 16th 2005 by Bloomsbury Publishing
Pages: 607
Source: Bought
5 stars

It is the middle of the summer, but there is an unseasonal mist pressing against the windowpanes. Harry Potter is waiting nervously in his bedroom at the Dursleys’ house in Privet Drive for a visit from Professor Dumbledore himself. One of the last times he saw the Headmaster was in a fierce one-to-one duel with Lord Voldemort, and Harry can’t quite believe that Professor Dumbledore will actually appear at the Dursleys’ of all places. Why is the Professor coming to visit him now? What is it that cannot wait until Harry returns to Hogwarts in a few weeks’ time? Harry’s sixth year at Hogwarts has already got off to an unusual start, as the worlds of Muggle and magic start to intertwine…


PLOT

This is such an emotionally rich novel. The suspense was high and had me second guessing the intentions and goodness of characters. Who do I trust??

As always, the story was gripping, balanced with great humour and disheartening events. The irony of the Half-Blood Prince situation was very amusing in this reread and just knowing. (The liquid luck scene was pretty hilarious).

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling // Book Reviews

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I’ve been making some progress with my 2017 reread of the Harry Potter series and today, I have my review of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. This review is mostly spoiler free with a spoiler section at the end if you want to know may feelings about the ending. Let’s begin!

43509Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Series: Harry Potter (#4)
Genre: Fantasy
Publication: 8 July 2000 by Bloomsbury Publishing
Pages: 636
Source: Bought
5 stars

The summer holidays are dragging on and Harry Potter can’t wait for the start of the school year. It is his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and there are spells to be learnt and (unluckily) Potions and Divination lessons to be attended. But Harry can’t know that the atmosphere is darkening around him, and his worst enemy is preparing a fate that it seems will be inescapable …With characteristic wit, fast-paced humour and marvellous emotional depth, J.K. Rowling has proved herself yet again to be a master story-teller.


GENERAL THOUGHTS

As much as I love tournaments and dangerous competitions, I didn’t enjoy this instalment as much as the other books the FIRST-TIME round. This was my first reread of this book, I enjoyed it so much more this time.

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling // Book Reviews

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Apparently, I have MANY thoughts the third book of the Harry Potter series. Short story: it’s great and the whole universe should read it. Long story: read ahead!

WARNING: this is mostly a spoiler free review but I do have a spoiler section at the end of the review. And NOW proceed!

464164Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Series: Harry Potter (#3)
Genre: Fantasy
Publication: Date by publisher
Pages: 317
Source: Bought
5 stars

Harry Potter, along with his best friends, Ron and Hermione, is about to start his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry can’t wait to get back to school after the summer holidays. (Who wouldn’t if they lived with the horrible Dursleys?) But when Harry gets to Hogwarts, the atmosphere is tense. There’s an escaped mass murderer on the loose, and the sinister prison guards of Azkaban have been called in to guard the school…


GENERAL THOUGHTS

I remember being mildly confused the first time reading this book because TIME TRAVELLING!  My biggest problem (like many others) was with the time travelling plot holes. But the adventures with time are so fun and the book was phenomenal.

“Shh! Listen! Someone’s coming! I think — I think it might be us!”

#timetravellinglife

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling // Book Reviews

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This is a mostly spoiler free review of my rereading experience of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. I do have a spoiler section at the very end of the review, but there will be a warning before that starts if you haven’t read the gloriousness of this book and somehow haven’t been spoiled (I’m totally not judging you people right now).  I will say this review is a complete blabbering mess but enjoy!

A little irrelevant sidenote: I’m still not completely back to my regular posting schedule but thanks for dealing with me so far.

224912Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Series: Harry Potter (#2)
Genre: Fantasy
Publication: July 2nd 1998 by Bloomsbury Publishing
Pages: 251
Source: Bought
5 stars

Ever since Harry Potter had come home for the summer, the Dursleys had been so mean and hideous that all Harry wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature who says that if Harry returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.

And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor and a spirit who haunts the girls’ bathroom. But then the real trouble begins — someone is turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects…Harry Potter himself!


GENERAL THOUGHTS

As always, this book was so fun to read. I know a lot of people has this one as their least favourite of the series but I still love it. Surprisingly, I’ve reread this book more than any other in the series (young me absolutely LOVED flying cars – flying anything to be honest). It’s not my favourite out of the bunch but it was the only book I had and you know how it’s like. Sad? Harry Potter. Bored? Harry Potter. Frustrated with the world? Harry Potter. I don’t think any review can express how great these Harry Potter books are so, this is more of a mess of emotions and thoughts I had reading this book.

THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS HAS BEEN OPENED. ENEMIES OF THE HEIR, BEWARE.

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Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas // Book Reviews

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I continue to share my thoughts on the Throne of Glass series so today I have a review for Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas. I’m not gonna lie, I didn’t find this book as enjoyable as their predecessors. But more of that below.

WARNING: the Goodreads synopsis has spoilers for all the previous books in the Throne of Glass series so don’t read ahead if you don’t want to get spoiled for the prequel and books #1 – 3. I recommend you reading them first them coming back so we can discuss, or if you’re unsure as to whether to read them and you want my thoughts, I have reviews:

was spoiled for this book from reading the synopsis so I don’t want you to have the same experience. There may be some minor spoilers for Queen of Shadows throughout the review depending on what you count as a spoiler. So, if you haven’t read it yet, read at your own discretion. I also have a spoiler section at the bottom of the review which will include ACTUAL plot spoiler thoughts.

I have MANY thoughts.

18006496Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Series: Throne of Glass (#4)
Genre: Fantasy
Publication: September 1st 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Pages: 648
Source: Library
3 stars

The queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.


PRE-READING THOUGHTS

  • Dude this is going to take a long time to finish
  • From the title, I’m predicting a rise to power for Celaena (I will never be able to call her Aelin)
  • Also hoping that she will showcase her powers and it’ll be absolutely brutal
  • Dreading the assumed romance that is suggested to begin soon between Aelin and Rowan

Now onto my actual reading experience…

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