City of Ashes

By Cassandra Clare.

Genre. YA Fantasy, Angels, Vampires, Werewolves.

Series, The Mortal Instruments (#2)


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?


Not going to lie this is a defiantly a second book dry kinda book but it was a fantastic book as well carrying on the plot from City of Bones really well. I have found that reading the first two books in my 20’s has been a different experience than reading these books as a teenager. We continue to find out a lot more about the Shadowhunter world, although this is a fantasy series, Clare is still able to keep the realistic moods and behaviors of teenagers. Clare also brings in a lot of new and interesting characters and aspects of the Shadowhunter world which was a bit more interesting than the actual plot. Although this book is a bit dry in the plot I would defiantly continue to read it to get further into the series which is when the development of characters and plot thickens.




A Court of Wings and Ruin

By Sarah J Maas.

Genre. YA Fantasy, Fae

Series. A Court of Thorns and Roses (#3)


Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit—and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords—and hunt for allies in unexpected places.


I loved this finale of the A court series, a lot happened but it was amazing and such an enjoyable read. I loved meeting all the members of the other courts as well as getting to see more of the courts and their personalities. Now I am a huge Maas fan so I am automatically biased, but man did she do good with this novel. I know a lot of people complained about the way Feyre and Rhysands relationship changes, but I love it because shes kept it really realistic, she has them being equals and having bumps in the road too. My only issue was with Feyre’s sisters although Nesta eventually breaks her walls down and willingly becomes a part of the family, Elain annoys the hell outta me. I was getting so mad that she was so moppy I just wanted to slap her and tell her to be apart of the family. Despite that one aspect I know her character will develop in the next few books, overall the book was amazing with lots of unexpected scenes and also some ‘hell yeah’ moments. Although the book ended in a happy way (everyone lives YAY) I know this is just a pause in what Maas has in store for her readers in her next few novels. They are classed as Novella but I’m being hopefully she’s going to do another TOD and make them all into novels.


Tower of Dawn

By Sarah J. Maas.

Genre- Fantasy YA.

Series – Throne of Glass (#6)


Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.


OH MY WORD!!!!!!

Sarah really outdid herself with this one! It was a fantastic read some of Sarah’s best work, I fully fell in love with this book. It was so beautifully done and was awesome to get to see the Southern Continent and read about a lifestyle that is very different from the lifestyles we have read about previously. Seriously do not hesitate to read this novel, not only will you meet some amazing and plot changing characters but you will get information that is vital to the TOG7, I cannot stress enough that you need to read this and honestly you will love it! Also, Choal is 100% redeemed, but defiantly read this book before Empire of Storms. There is also an epilogue that is heart-wrenching, so let’s just say 2018 cant come fast enough.


The Black Key

By Amy Ewing.

Genre. Teen fiction.

Series. The Lone City (#3)


For too long, Violet and the people of the outer circles of the Lone City have lived in service to the royalty of the Jewel. But now the secret society known as the Black Key is preparing to seize power.
And while Violet knows she is at the center of this rebellion, she has a more personal stake in it—her sister, Hazel, has been taken by the Duchess of the Lake. Now, after fighting so hard to escape the Jewel, Violet must do everything in her power to return to save not only Hazel, but the future of the Lone City.


The third and final novel of the Lone City series in a fantastic end to the series, the plot of the series has thickened and expanded into something much bigger than the original plot. Not only has the story expanded but it is also now filled with so much more action and power, the ending of this series is a fantastic end. The build up of this story from book 1 to book 3 is incredible, you start this book off with a girl that is fragile, easily controlled and doesn’t see the big life picture; but the series ends with a strong, fierce woman who not only becomes a warrior but helps other fragile girls become strong warriors too.

This novel seems like a random book to be inspired by but I really loved it because it was women based, it was women suppressing other women. Women from the previous generation controlling and manipulating young girls, but these girls became strong and overpowered the women controlling their fate. This novel is amazing for young girls as it shows them that they don’t have to be suppressed or told what to do by the older women in their lives (mum’s, grandmothers, teachers) but they can control what they become and how they live their lives. The Lone City series is a fantastic fantasy series but it also an inspiring book for young women, something that gives them confidence and inspiration.


The White Rose

By Amy Ewing.

Genre. Teen fiction.

Series. The Lone City (#2)


But no one said leaving the Jewel would be easy. As they make their way through the circles of the Lone City, Regimentals track their every move, and the trio barely manages to make it out unscathed and into the safe haven they were promised—a mysterious house in the Farm.
But there’s a rebellion brewing, and Violet has found herself in the middle of it. Alongside a new ally, Violet discovers her Auguries are much more powerful than she ever imagined. But is she strong enough to rise up against the Jewel and everything she has ever known?


The White Rose follows the aftermath of Violet’s darling relationship with Ash, This book immediately follows the end of book 1 which is fantastic and left us on a major cliffhanger. In this novel we see characters that were background characters in book 1 take a lead, we also get to see more of the Lone city which is awesome as in book one it was only the Marsh and the Jewel. In the White Rose, you see more of the Bank and the Farm, we also get to see more of Ash’s background and history.

The complexity of this series has increased from book 1 which has made the book that more pulling. Before we only understood the hardship of a select group of girls but now readers can see the hardship the royals have inflicted on an entire city. The background Ewing has created to explain why things are the way they are in the Lone City is awesome, I love having the history of a city/country as it helps you as the reader better understand the novel and why things are the way they are. The storyline has defiantly improved since book 1 which was still a good storyline, in all the novel is an amazing continuation of the Jewel and again Ewing manages to end the novel on a suspense-filled cliffhanger.


Heir of Fire

By Sarah J Maas.

Genre- YA Fantasy.

Series. Throne of Glass (#3)


Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak―but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life―and her future―forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?


I LOOOVED book three! In this book, we are taken to the East and OMG it is good!!! Not only has Maas set this book in a different land but we also get to meet the FAE! (Is it obvious I love this book?) Maas gives her readers a more detailed history of this world, not just Celaena’s history which is really interesting. I loved the new characters she brought and the tales of Fae legends that were told throughout this novel. There is a much more mystical feel to this novel as we get to see exactly what magic is like in this world, as well as being introduced to more magical creatures. If that doesn’t make you want to carry on with this amazing series I have one word for you… ROWAN!

Rowan is a drop dead sexy and deadly Fae warrior, his presence and history bring a new element to the series that shows the reader this plot is deeper than just Celaena. This series goes to a new level in this book because of the details of magic and history Maas details throughout the book which brings the spark back to the novel as we as readers discover that this series is about more than just an assassin, and it is fantastic. Not only are we exposed to these new elements but we also see such amazing growth in the main character, Celaena character changes dramatically in this novel, she starts off her usual sassy and immature self; but as the novel comes to an end we see the love and passion she has grown to save others and not just think of herself and her own well-being. Not only is this book a continuation of this amazing series but you can see the change and growth the character and in turns, b1f83444a3fcfa2ab6a9b406cb65d791.jpgthe writer has gone through during this book.


City of Bones- The Mortal Instruments (Book)

By Cassandra Clare

Genre- Fantasy YA.


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.


TMI (The Mortal Instruments) is an awesome fantasy series, the series spans over six books but was originally set to be three. Because of that, the series is basically split into two major plot lines; the first three books have one major plot and the events from book three to towards the plot for the following three books. The series coincides with Clare’s second series ‘The infernal devices’ based in Victorian era London. The events in TID (The infernal devices) contribute to the plot in the later books of TMI, these books have received mixed reviews as Clare was involved in a plagiarizing scandal. But if you read the series for the story instead of the author’s personal life, this is a series any book lover will enjoy.

Clare is able to create not only a great plot line but she is also able to create a completely new type of supernatural world, giving background and reasoning to all supernatural creatures in her books. Some authors lack backstory to their books but Clare has been able to avoid that especially after making a separate book that is referred to in her series called ‘The Shadowhunter codex’. This book is used in the series by Shadowhunters to explain where Shadowhunters came from, the weapons they use and the supernatural creatures they encounter.

The books were able to keep me engaged from the start, although book four is a tad slow in terms of the storyline the series quickly pick up again by the end of book four. Clare has a skill for wonderful description which is how she manages to keep her audience hooked throughout the Shadowhunter experience.

Although you don’t have to read the books in the order given it is recommended. If like me you can’t read two series at the same time I suggest reading TID before TMI, but if you do enjoy mixing series the order below is Clare’s recommended order.

After the events of the City of Heavenly Fire, the Bane Chronicles and Tales from Shadowhunter Academy follow, which are a number of short stories involving the characters from TMI. Clare’s third Shadowhunter series The Dark Artifices (TDA) was released in early 2016 called Lady Midnight, with book 2 to follow March 2017- Lord of Shadows.

Order of books to read.

City of Bone (Book 1- TMI)
City of Ashes (Book 2- TMI)
City of Glass (Book 3- TMI)
Clockwork Angel (Book 1- TID)
City of Fallen Angels (Book 4- TMI)
Clockwork Prince (Book 2- TID)
City of Lost Souls (Book 5- TMI)
Clockwork Princess (Book 3- TID)
City of Heavenly Fire (Book 6- TMI)
The Bane Chronicles.
Tales from Shadowhunter Academy.
Lady Midnight (Book 1- TDA)
Lord of Shadows (Book 2- TDA) Yet to be realsed.