Tag: Cassandra Clare

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday #2

This week I’m going to focus on a few new releases that are coming out this month. Some of these books may have come out on the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd but I’m still waiting to get a copy. 😉

 The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu – April 9, 2019  
The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman – April 2, 2019  
Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi – April 2, 2019  
Mirror, Mirror by Jen Calonita – April 2, 2019

Around my household we’ve been loving the Twisted Tales series from Disney. My roommate plowed through As Old As Time in a single night. Fortunately the library is currently obtaining a copy of Mirror, Mirror and there are only 2 people, including myself, who have it on hold at the moment. I have the rest of the series being held for me as well. I’ve heard good things about The Red Scrolls of Magic and The Devouring Gray from book bloggers and booktubers, so I decided I’ll have to check them out for myself. I also am planning to start reading the Shatter Me series and figure I may as well add Defy Me to the list as well.

Are there any books you’re waiting for?

Book Reviews

Book Review: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

Title: City of Ashes
Series: The Mortal Instruments
Author: Cassandra Clare
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: March 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 453
Source: Library
Rating: ★★★★★

Clary 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.


The sequel to City of Bones, City of Ashes is no less addicting and action packed than it’s predecessor. Just like City of Bones, I didn’t want to put the book down. Lately, that seems like a near impossibility for me.

I realized after perusing the library’s website that there are actually six books in The Mortal Instruments series as opposed to five. For some reason I managed to miss the fact that a sixth book came out entirely. That just makes me even happier because I don’t want this story to end!

I’ve come to absolutely adore Jace and Clary but I’m still not sure if I really like Isabelle all that much. Alec is growing on me and while I know part of his story because of all the Tumblr posts about the Shadowhunters TV series, I can’t wait to see how it plays out in the books. Luke is another favorite character. And while I hated The Inquisitor, I was sad to see how her portion of the story ended.

I can’t wait for the third book to become available again – I had to turn in books 3-5 because they were due and had holds on them. I’ve got holds on all four of the remaining books and I can’t wait to get my hands on them!

Book Reviews

Book Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Title: City of Bones
Series: The Mortal Instruments
Author: Cassandra Clare
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: March 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 485
Source: Library
Rating: ★★★★★

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. 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.


I’ve been dying to get my hands on this series for a LONG time, so when I saw all five were available at my local library, I pounced. I read City of Bones in 2 days, which is pretty fast for me with a book that is 485 pages.

This book was definitely worth the hype I’d seen for it. It’s amazing! And the Shadowhunters TV series? Doesn’t do the book justice. In fact, I didn’t like the TV series (I know, blasphemy) so I was sincerely hoping the books would be far better. I wasn’t disappointed.

I love Clary & Jace… not fond of Isabelle or Alec. I’d like to take Valentine out and just… well… get rid of him because he’s such a royal pain as a bad guy. But then again, if I didn’t want to get rid of him, he wouldn’t be a very good bad guy now would he? Simon’s a pretty cool character as well. I love how he feels about Clary although sometimes the way he treats her just sucks.

I can’t wait to delve into the other books – I just hope I can read them all before I have to take them back!