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

24885537 Title: City of Bones

Author: Cassandra Clare

Series: The Mortal Instruments, #1

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Contemporary

Length: 510 pages, paperback

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Date Published: Sept. 1st of 2015

Synopsis (via 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. Clary knows she should call the police, but it’s hard to explain a murder when the body disappears into thin air and the murderers are invisible to everyone but Clary.

Equally startled by her ability to see them, the murderers explain themselves as Shadowhunters: a secret tribe of warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. Within twenty-four hours, Clary’s mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque 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…

Rate: 3 of 5

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The Mortal Instruments series has been here for a long time, in fact, I’m a decade late to the party! After so many relentless hounding by my brother–both before and during–to read this, I finally gave in. City of Bones fell victim to my fear of being disappointed on a very popular book, such as itself. Although my rating isn’t particularly high, this book got me a little confused all the while. I was wondering what genre or how Cassandra Clare will play out the story and I will even say that I was pleasantly surprised. (Not to lie, I was anticipating a very Twilight-esque approach!)

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Book Review: Stitched #1 by Mariah McCourt

31451222Title: Stitched #1

Author: Mariah McCourt

Illustrator: Aaron Alexovich

Genre: Children’s, Comics, Fantasy

Number of Pages (Paperback): 96

Date Published: May 2nd of 2017

Publisher: Charmz

Synopsis*:

Crimson Volania Mulch has a problem; she just woke up in a crypt and, besides her name, has no idea of who, where, or what she is. Welcome to the Cemetery of Assumptions, a vast landscape of stones, mausoleums, and secrets. Home to monsters and mayhem, it may also hold the answers to her unknown parentage.

Crimson is a resourceful patchwork girl and determined to find them. Along the way, she meets the mysterious Wisteria, who has a tendency to change and a witch named Parameter whose spells tend to go awry. And two boys, Simon and Quinton, who make her feel something besides lost and confused. She must battle ghosts, zombies, and monsters in order to learn where she came from and who her real “mother” is. But will she do it alone, or will she have help from her new friends and unexpected crushes?

Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 of 5)

I want to thank the publisher for making it possible for me to have an access to the book in exchange for an honest review, via Netgalley.

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Before I start with my review, I just want to tell you all that today marks my one year anniversary with this blog! My blog is one year old! Time blows by so fast and I cannot believe it has been a year since I actually decided to make these little notes on all the books that I read! What a year! Anyway, here goes my review for Stitched #1!

This might have been the cutest thing I have read in a while. Though the fact that I am still fond of children’s books still holds, I am also feeling that I’m shifting quite a bit into the Young Adult genre as of late. So, what I’m saying is, I may be veering away from children’s books as much as I can because I feel like I’m already too old for the genre. Crazy, I know but I’m glad my reading taste is also evolving.

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Book Review: Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1) by Kendare Blake

28374007Title: Three Dark Crowns

Author: Kendare Blake

Series: Three Dark Crowns#1

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Fiction

Number of Pages (Hardcover): 398

Date Published: September 20th of 2016

Publisher: HarperTeen

Synopsis (via Goodreads):

When kingdom come, there will be one.

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.

Rating: ★★★★★ (5 of 5)

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Three Black Witches are born in a glen,
Sweet little triplets
Will never be friends.
Three Black Witches, all fair to be seen.
Two to devour,
And one to be queen.

I have heard a lot about Three Dark Crowns from almost everyone I follow on Goodreads and on Booktube–most of which are good things. So, with all that hype I was a little daunted to read this. The typical questions such as: What if I don’t like it? What if I hate the characters? What if I end up not liking Kendare Blake’s future books anymore? started to go after me. But, alas, Kendare didn’t fail me again. Her writing is still beautiful, better actually in my opinion! Plus, that cover spoke to me on a level I cannot even begin to explain to you.

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Book Review: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

23403402Title: A Darker Shade of Magic

Author: V.E. Schwab

Series: Shades of Magic, #1

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Fiction

Page Number: 400

Date Published: February 27th of 2015

Publisher: Titan Books

Synopsis (through Goodreads):

Kell is one of the last travelers–magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes connected by one magical city.

There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, and with one mad King–George III. Red London, where life and magic are revered–and where Kell was raised alongside Rhy Maresh, the roguish heir to a flourishing empire. White London–a place where people fight to control magic and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London. But no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red traveler, ambassador of the Maresh empire, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 of 5)

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I’d rather die on an adventure than live standing still.

Back in the old days of yore—2015 to be exact—I gave up on this book after several chapters in. Whether it was the sheer fact that I was under so much pressure in college or just that I didn’t really like the premise of the book, I may never know. I’ll leave that aspect to the past. But no kidding, dramatics aside, really I just forgot why I DNF-ed this this when it first came out because it is so good! (And yes, I’m totally beating myself up for doing that! 😣)

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REVIEW // Mer by Joelle Sellner

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33825562Title: Mer

Author: Joelle Sellner

Genre: Graphic Novel (Comics), Fantasy, Young Adult

Date Published: April 19th of 2017

Publisher: Diamond Book Distributors

Number of Pages: 128

Synopsis (via Goodreads):

Twilight meets the legend of Atlantis in this gripping graphic novel from writer Joelle Sellner and artist Abby Boeh. After the death of her beloved mother, Aryn’s father has moved her family to a new town hoping for a fresh start. At first things seem to be going well—Aryn is making friends and has even caught the eye of one of the hottest guys in school. But there are dark forces moving under the surface that Aryn cannot see; and her new crush may not be … human.

Rate: 3 of 5



Thoughts bannerAs a reader, I haven’t really been exposed to much graphic novels that I really am not sure where to classify such type of books, ergo, I all flag them down as “comics”. Which is really weird. So, please, forgive me if iI flag a graphic novel as “comics” the next time–I’m still wading my way in through the genre. 🙂

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Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide (Pottermore Presents, #3) by J.K. Rowling

31538647Title: Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide

Author: J.K. Rowling

Series: Pottermore Presents, #3

Genre: Fantasy, Short Stories, Young Adult

Number of Pages (Kindle Edition): 79

Date Published: September 6th of 2016

Publisher: Pottermore

Synopsis (via Goodreads):

‘The Ministry of Magic felt strongly, however, that to construct an additional wizarding station in the middle of London would stretch even the Muggles’ notorious determination not to notice magic when it was exploding in front of their faces.’ – J.K. Rowling

Pottermore Presents is a collection of J.K. Rowling’s writing: short reads originally featured on pottermore.com. These eBooks, with writing curated by Pottermore, will take you beyond the Harry Potter stories as J.K. Rowling reveals her inspiration, intricate details of characters’ lives and surprises from the wizarding world.

Hogwarts An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide takes you on a journey to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. You’ll venture into the Hogwarts grounds, become better acquainted with its more permanent residents, learn more about lessons and discover secrets of the castle . . . all at the turn of a page.

Rate: 4 of 5


Hogwarts is teeming with secrets.

Now THAT’S a Potter book–at last! Since I am a Potterhead, it is with a little sadness that I’ve already finished the short stories series released by Pottermore. I was actually holding it off for the longest time but oh well.

I enjoyed this very much because I have always loved the air of mystery that Hogwarts imposes right from the start of reading this series. That’s also the reason why my favorite movie of the series is the Sorcerer’s Stone because there was such a massive world-building effort.  To get a glimpse on the mysteries and to have answers on the questions I’ve been itching to ask in so long about Hogwarts was so satisfying. Additionally, I loved the approach of this book because instead of characters, the magical things of the wizarding world was cast into the limelight. This has the cohesiveness I was looking for. Although I might say, I’m very confused with Cursed Child all the more with this time-turner section tackled. I’m just SO confused. Blasted Cursed Child. 

 Of the three short stories releases, I enjoyed this the most–this is a very nice close to the Pottermore Presents series. Although, I’m quite sure there will be more because, erm, Rowling hello? 

Do I recommend it? Yuppsss! This is perfect for all the Potterheads out there! Great, now I want to reread Harry Potter again.


*Cover image and Synopsis via Goodreads.

Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists (Pottermore Presents, #2) by J.K. Rowling

31538614Title: Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists

Author: J.K. Rowling

Illustrator: MinaLima

Series: Pottermore Presents, #2

Genre: Fantasy, Short Stories, Young Adult

Number of Pages (eBook): 71

Date Published: September 6th of 2016

Publisher: Pottermore Limited

Synopsis (via Goodreads):

No Muggle Prime Minister has ever set foot in the Ministry of Magic, for reasons most succinctly summed up by ex-Minister Dugald McPhail (term of office 1858-1865): “their puir wee braines couldnae cope wi’ it.”’ – J.K. Rowling

Pottermore Presents is a collection of J.K. Rowling’s writing: short reads originally featured on pottermore.com with some exclusive new additions. These eBooks, with writing curated by Pottermore, will take you beyond the Harry Potter stories as J.K. Rowling reveals her inspiration, intricate details of characters’ lives and surprises from the wizarding world.

These stories of power, politics and pesky poltergeists give you a glimpse into the darker side of the wizarding world, revealing the ruthless roots of Professor Umbridge, the lowdown on the Ministers for Magic and the history of the wizarding prison Azkaban. You will also delve deeper into Horace Slughorn’s early years as Potions master at Hogwarts – and his acquaintance with one Tom Marvolo Riddle.

Rate: 3 of 5



Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists includes the background of well-known characters such as Dolores Umbridge, Quirinus Quirrell, etc. and includes a glimpse on the name inspirations behind them. Peeves’ story is thrown in somewhere there. I finished this in one sitting because it is just a compilation of short stories–it’s the perfect book to sit down with a cup of coffee and a plate of cookies!

Now, this is a rare occurrence, i.e. I don’t really have anything significant to say about this. It’s a solid it’s okay. It’s a work of Rowling, so in that aspect I can see the excellent writing and such but I guess I didn’t really particularly cared for the characters (or some magical things) discussed together with their background stories. I mean, sure, a chapter on Umbridge is nice but I mean, I don’t really care. I would be sugarcoating this if I didn’t say that I just picked this up for the sheer want of getting immersed again to the wizarding world. I desperately wanted to redeem my thoughts on Harry Potter ever since I read Cursed Child. (Read my review here: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (HP #8) by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne) Perhaps, I need to reread the Harry Potter series again? 😛

On the other hand, the chapter on the Ministers for Magic was particularly fun. I liked how the composition of the Ministers across time has been so diverse. Some of the stories were also hilarious.

I was particularly looking forward to the chapter on Peeves but I was extremely disappointed because there was hardly any information about him. Of all the stories in this book, I was so excited for Peeves only to be let down. 😦 It feels like his chapter was just a filler chapter.

Of the three Pottermore Presents series, this is my least favorite because I seem to be having the impression that the short stories were just thrown in together whereas I was looking for some kind of cohesiveness. However, for the Harry Potter fan, you should definitely read this!

But wait, wait, wait. Don’t go yet. Is it just me that missed that that blasted quill thing of Umbridge’s was really her invention?! LIKE WHAT HOW DID I MISS THAT.

Do I recommend it? Yup
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*Cover image and Synopsis via Goodreads.