Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy

Started: July 16, 2017
Finished: July 21, 2017

Language: English
Rating: 4/5 stars


There were impressive stone paths and benches and even a statue of an angel that gave Simon nervous fits, since he was a Doctor Who fan. The angel wasn’t weeping, exactly, but it looked too depressed for Simon’s liking.


Average rating: 4.2/5 stars

Since this is a collection of short-stories, I’ll be rating and reviewing each story individually. Overall rating is the average of the individual stories’ ratings 🙂

Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy: 5/5 stars

What a wonderful introduction to this short story collection! George Lovelace became a new favourite of mine, and I loved how Simon stood up for the mundanes at the Academy. Wonderful!

The Lost Herondale: 3/5 stars

Enjoyed this story, but it felt a bit flat. Might have enjoyed it more if I’d read this prior to Lady Midnight.

The Whitechapel Fiend: 4/5 stars

Tessa! Will! Jem! Jack the Ripper! Oh, and Jace wasn’t too annoying.

Nothing But Shadows: 4/5 stars

I liked this story, but for some reason I didn’t find myself liking James Herondale that much… didn’t expect that.

The Evil We Love: 4/5 stars

This was an important story in today’s society and it should be mandatory to read! Reason why I took one star from the rating was that there were some storyline mistakes – like who didn’t fall for Izzy’s trick.

Pale Kings and Princes: 5/5 stars

HELEN BLACKTHORN!! TRUTH ABOUT THE PAST!! SIMON CHANGING PEOPLE’S MINDS!!

Bitter of Tongue: 4/5 stars

Mark Blackthorn and the Wild Hunt. Helen and Aline get married. I’m. Bloody. Crying! I would have liked more of the anti-faerie-things that featured in the previous short story, though, because they made the treatment of the Blackthorns feel really horrible.

The Fiery Trial: 4/5 stars

Magnus, Tessa and Jem, seriously, I see what you’re doing but I would appreciate not giving people heart attacks while testing if they’re compatible to be parabatai.

Born to Endless Night: 5/5 stars

I LOVE THIS STORY SO FRIKKING MUCH I HAVE RE-READ IT TWICE ALREADY OH MY GOD MAGNUS AND ALEC AND BABY MAX!!

Angels Twice Descending: 4/5 stars

Alright, so most of this story felt pretty flat. Everything sort of felt dragged out up until the ceremony. And then you BLOODY HAVE TO HIT ME WITH THAT?! (no, I’m not typing it out; read the story to find out what I mean)

Overall: A good collection of short stories. Enjoyable and filled with new pieces of information.

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Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2)

Started: June 17, 2017
Finished: June 29, 2017

Language: English
Rating: 5/5 stars


“He’s three thousand times the human being you’ll ever be,” said Alec. “Now get out of here before I risk his life by waking him up so he can turn you into a garbage fire. Something that would match your personality.”


What. The. Hell. Was. This. Book?!

Holy frikking crap!!

Alright, let me just gather my thoughts. Breathe. Breathe.

Right. So, first of all, this review is going to be full of spoilers. So instead of just making spoiler cuts everywhere, I’m going to hide the rest of it behind one.

Continue reading “Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2)”

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1)

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Started: March 15, 2016
Finished: April 25, 2016

Language: English
Rating: 5/5 stars

A Shadowhunter-novel that’s about someone named Carstairs and does not involve Clary or Jace?

Seriously, though, that was my reaction to this book when it was announced. I did, however, also have the feeling that this book would break me somewhat. And it did. Not as badly as Clockwork Princess did but it still broke my poor heart.

First, let me talk about Ty. Ty, who is written so, so brilliantly! I have a student who is autistic and have thus taken a particular interest to this diagnosis, and I was so, so happy to find a character that was written as an autistic person without being strange and odd – which I think has to do with the fact that Cassandra Clare’s step-brother is autistic and she is therefore capable of writing a realistic character with this diagnosis. Forever grateful for that!

I would also like to say that it is so, so refreshing to read a Shadowhunter-novel where everyone of the main characters is already submerged in the world of Nephilim. I mean, it’s necessary when the readers don’t know what this is all about, but now we’ve already had 9 books about this world so I think we can almost consider ourselves experts 😉

However, the story was a bit too slow. This novel is one of the longer Shadowhunter-novels, but it was not nearly as entertaining as, for example, Clockwork Princess. But it was also the kind of book that, once you picked it up, you had trouble putting it back down again. And the conclusion was heartbreaking – and made me want the next book right away!

And yes; old characters do show up, so we don’t lose them entirely. I’ll have you all know that I squealed in public when Magnus Bane showed up and then there was Jem – JEM – whom I’ve missed so, so much!

Series review: The Mortal Instruments (Clare, Cassandra)

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Series name: The Mortal Instruments
Author: Cassandra Clare
Number of books: 6 (City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls, City of Heavenly Fire)
Started: 2013 (sometime during the autumn)
Finished: May 2015
Average rating: 4.3

Favorite book: City of Heavenly Fire (book 6)
Favorite character: Magnus Bane, Simon Lewis, Isabelle Lightwood
Favorite ship: Magnus/Alec “Malec”
Favorite quote: “Alec looked down at the shattered pieces in disbelief. “You BROKE my PHONE.”
Jace shrugged. “Guys don’t let other guys keep calling other guys. Okay, that came out wrong. Friends don’t let friends keep calling their exes and hanging up. Seriously. You have to stop.”
Alec looked furious. “So you broke my brand new phone? Thanks a lot.”
Jace smiled serenely and lay back on the grass. “You’re welcome.” (Alec & Jace, book #6)

Event: Grand Book Sale Batch (2015)

Hello, sorry, I was unable to post this yesterday but here it is; the books I bought from this year’s grand book sale!

For those of you who don’t know; the grand book sale happens every year in Sweden in late February and, unlike other book sales, this one happens in every store that sells books. Including grocery stores with a very limited supply of books. Every. Single. Store. And no one is allowed to start the sale until a certain set date – although nowadays you can also pre-order books from online stores (but you won’t get them until the sale’s start date at the earliest). Some stores chose books from their stock that they put on sale and those are usually not the newest ones – or maybe they put the newer books on sale for a couple of days only while the rest are on sale for weeks – while other, smaller stores might organize events like “2 for 3 on everything but only for these three days”. As long as they do not start the sale before the set date they are fine.

As I’m not someone known for spending money on a lot of things I have come to allow myself a treat during this time of the year and buy as many books as I can find. This year the final count ended up being 23 + 2 books that weren’t on sale but I had to buy them anyway. You can find them all below – just click the link! Continue reading “Event: Grand Book Sale Batch (2015)”