City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4)

Or maybe it’s just that beautiful things are so easily broken by the world.

Another excellent read!

Writing reviews for these books are getting harder and harder because I don’t want to give anything away from the series, let alone individual books. And when a series runs this long or more, it’s difficult to gush about what you love or hate without spilling all the secrets. And this book was definitely a love. Oh, how I wish I could tell you all the things!!

With each book, the characters fall into their own more than the last. The attitudes, the snarky comments, and the friendships growing between them all. Not to mention Jace and Clary. But, well, you know…


You’re just worried they’ll hire a male instructor and he’ll be hotter than you.” 
Jace’s eyebrows went up. “Hotter than me?” 
“It could happen,” Clary said, “You know, theoretically.”
“Theoretically the planet could suddenly crack in half, leaving me on one side and you on the other, forever and tragically parted, but I’m not worried about that either. Some things,” Jace said, with his customary crooked smile, “are just too unlikely to dwell upon.

This book takes new twists and turns that will leave you anxious for more. Cassandra Clare knows how to build the tension, and in this book, it comes down to a cliffhanger moment that will leave you stunned.

Rating: 4 stars!

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6752378The 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.

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

Wow. Not only did I forget how much I loved this series, but THIS BOOK. I vaguely remembered bits and pieces from reading it five years ago, but now it’s all slammed into me and I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT.

Welcome to the Glass City – AKA Alicante! This book is a bit different from the first two so far. It starts off with a bang and it just keeps going. There isn’t really any down time. You are in and you are being pulled under by the current of this story. Needing more action. Wanting answers. Craving CLACE.

“There is no pretending,” Jace said with absolute clarity. “I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there is life after that, I’ll love you then.”

Out of all of the characters, this book broke my heart piece by piece for Jace. You can’t help but feel sorry for him, and also, a little peeved. I’m not spoiling the book but, WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT, JACE? AND THAT? AND THAT?


I still love you.

I would like to take a moment and say just how much I love the scenes between Jace and Clary. They are filled with struggle and torment masked as a hunger that runs deeper than their bones. The development of friendship between Simon and Jace and the bonds growing between all of the other characters is also an awesome bonus in this book!

Off to book 4! 🙂

Rating: 4.5 stars!

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3777732To 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?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the third installment of the New York Times bestselling series The Mortal Instruments.

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

I’ve been on a Shadowhunters television binge, and felt the need to reread the series. So here we are, book 2! The intensity builds between our main characters. Longing and denial. Disgust and hunger. But they aren’t left to focus on their feelings for long. Valentine strikes again.

Jace is finding parts of himself he never knew existed while losing who he thought he was. His life is being split in every direction and you can’t help but feel for this sixteen year old boy who is filled with stubbornness and tenacity.

While Jace is coming apart at the seems and unsure of his own identity, Clary is trying to meld who she thought she was into who she now realizes she is supposed to be. No longer just a mundane, she works to be involved with those of her “kind”. But when they refuse to see her as more than an ordinary human, she’s pushed to take matters into her own hands.

She felt the brush of his lips, light at first, and her own opened automatically beneath the pressure. Almost against her will she felt herself go fluid and pliant, stretching upward to twine her arms around his neck the way that a sunflower twists toward light. His arms slid around her, his hands knotting in her hair, and the kiss stopped being gentle and became fierce, all in a single moment like tinder flaring into a blaze.



It’s so incredibly difficult to review books that are part of a series! There’s a lot of detail and things to discuss in the story itself, but I can’t spoil it for those who have not read these yet. So… Read the series, and find me on social media so we can talk about ALL THE THINGS.

Rating: 4 stars!

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24885524Clary 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?

In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City’s Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.

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

I’ve been craving some good YA with action, intricacy, and some love. The great thing about this series is that it has it all. THIS IS A REREAD REVIEW. 

While the first book isn’t my favorite in the series, it’s a great start to the overall story. Having read this book probably five years ago now, it was a great refresher to the world of shadowhunters and downworlders.

Clary is dunked into a world headfirst unexpectedly when she begins to see things that her best friend can’t – weird, to say the least. There are twists and turns and continuous moments that keep you on your toes. The characters are wonderfully developed and you can’t help but love each of them for their own quirks and attitudes.

If there was one thing she was learning from all this, it was how easy it was to lose everything you had always thought you’d have forever.

If you’ve not yet read the series, I suggest you do so! I’ll be rereading the series over the next few months as a nice refresher. Then on to Cassandra Clare’s latest series, The Dark Artifices, which takes place five years later.

Who else is with me?!

Rating: 4 stars!

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24885537When 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…

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

The Queen and the Cure (The Bird and the Sword Chronicles #2) by Amy Harmon

If you read the first book of this series, you know about Kjell of Jeru. He is a strong, cold warrior with a heart filled with an unbridled love for his brother, King Tiras of Jeru.

“Are you sure you aren’t a prince?”
“I am a brother,” Kjell said. “And that is infinitely better.”

Kjell buries his emotions under layers of brawn. His job is his life. His brother is his heart. And through it all, he has judged poorly, loved the wrong and hated the right, and only trusts his instincts on the field.

Until now.


Sometimes all it takes is for someone to find us in our vulnerability and love us for what we struggle to love in ourselves. This is a slow burn like you’ve never felt before.

I fell in love with you in pieces. Layer by layer, day by day, inch by inch.

Amy Harmon ensnares you in this world filled with adventure and the unknown. Not only is this book filled with such vivid descriptions and beautiful hearts, but Amy has a way of keeping the reader hooked with plot twists that will have you yearning for answers.

This book will wrap you up in all the feels, and it might hurt at times, but I promise it’s worth it. Every word. Every moment. Every kiss.

While I personally think I loved the story of The Bird and The Sword a little more than this one, The Queen and The Cure was right up there in excellence. Dive into this book, and slowly burn in one of the sweetest love stories I’ve ever read.

“I saw you,” he said against her lips. “And I never looked away.”

Rating: 4 stars!

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34356650There will be a battle, and you will need to protect your heart.

Kjell of Jeru had always known who he was. He’d never envied his brother or wanted to be king. He was the bastard son of the late King Zoltev and a servant girl, and the ignominy of his birth had never bothered him.

But there is more to a man than his parentage. More to a man than his blade, his size, or his skills, and all that Kjell once knew has shifted and changed. He is no longer simply Kjell of Jeru, a warrior defending the crown. Now he is a healer, one of the Gifted, and a man completely at odds with his power.

Called upon to rid the country of the last vestiges of the Volgar, Kjell stumbles upon a woman who has troubling glimpses of the future and no memory of the past. Armed with his unwanted gift and haunted by regret, Kjell becomes a reluctant savior, beset by old enemies and new expectations. With the woman by his side, Kjell embarks upon a journey where the greatest test may be finding the man she believes him to be.