“Ghosts of the Shadow Market” by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, Kelly Link and Robin Wasserman

Rated 5 stars ***** 2019. Margaret K. McElderry Books. 607 p.

Ghosts of the Shadow MarketSeveral well-known Young Adult authors join with Cassandra Clare to pen 10 stories about Jem, Tessa and other characters from the “Mortal Instruments, “Infernal Devices” and “Dark Artifices” series in Shadow Markets of different locations and time periods.

Unlike “Tales of the Shadowhunter Academy”, “Ghosts of the Shadow Market” doesn’t waste time rehashing characters in each story. By now anyone who’s read the series knows the characters, so constantly describing them in each story is boring and repetitive for those of us who know all about them. Thank you for not taking more than a quick sentence or two to tell us about them in each story.

The stories take place between 1899 (when Matthew Fairchild was parabatai with James Herondale and Jem was still Brother Zacahriah) and 2013 (when Jem and Tessa are married and expecting their first child.) This time period is also when “Queen of Air and Darkness” ended, leading readers into what will definitely be a new series with Jace Herondale’s Thule double preparing to wreck disaster on the characters we’ve grown to know and love.

Highly recommended for ages 14 and older.

 

 

 

 

 

“Shadowhunters and Downworlders: A Mortal Instruments reader” Edited by Cassandra Clare

Rated 4 stars **** 2013. SmartPop. 198 p.

Shadowhunters and DownworldersIn this book, thirteen young adult authors write short essays about different characters from various Cassandra Clare books. Some essays are funny and informative, while all will make readers look at the characters discussed in new and fresh ways.

The first essay caused me to rate it 4 instead of 5 stars, as reading it almost put me to sleep. It started out full of deep thinking psychological thoughts, which reminded me of required psychology textbook readings from my undergraduate days, thus ensuring my sleepiness. With Brooklyn being where I was born, raised and spent the adult years of my life, followed by a stint in Staten Island, I did agree with the author’s interpretations of life in her adopted town of New York City.

I just finished reading the very boring “The Shadowhunter’s Codex,” which really did make me take quite a few naps. So, after reading the first essay, I was worried “Shadowhunters and Downworlders” was going to be more of the same. Whew! I’m so glad it got better. The other essays were very interesting, especially “Simon Lewis: Jewish, Vampire, Hero.” Altogether, these authors kept my attention so well that I finished the book in just a few hours.

Recommended for ages 14 and older.

“The Shadowhunter’s codex” Cassandra Clare and Joshua Lewis

Rated 1 star * 2013. Margaret K. Elderry Books. N.Y. 274 p.

The Shadowhunter's CodexWhat a waste of $24.99 + tax! I should’ve gone with my first instinct, and borrowed it from the Public Library instead of spending money on it. Don’t waste your money!

The book is divided into sections (complete with illustrations) to teach new Shadowhunters information about demons, the Law, how Shadowhunters were created, weapons, Marks, etc. Scattered in the margins of these various sections of information are comments by Clary, Jace and Simon that are supposed to be pithy or humorous but are just thrown in to awaken the reader who has just nodded off from all the boring “information.”

It took all my willpower to finish the book. It was as dry and dusty as reading a Dictionary from A to Z. Don’t waste money, or your time. If you are a big Shadowhunter fan, as I am, then borrow it from the library and make sure to have a big – no make that GIANT – cup of coffee by your side. You’re going to need it to stay awake.

Though I didn’t like it, I’ll leave it up to you to decide if you want to read it or not.

 

“Lord of shadows” Cassandra Clare

Rated 5 stars ***** 2017. The dark artifices, Book #2. Margaret K. McElderry Books. 699 p.

Lord of ShadowsWhen last we saw the warlock Malcolm Fade, he’d been planning revenge on Shadowhunters for killing his girlfriend, Annabel Blackthorn. Though Emma killed him, his evil magic lives on…

A contingent of Centurions (highly trained Shadowhunters) arrives at the Los Angeles Institute to search for Malcolm’s body and the Black Volume of evil magic. Power hungry Zara Dearborn leads the group. She is determined to punish and oust Downworlders, and has gained a large following of Shadowhunters who feel as if they must maintain strict rules on all Downworlders.

Meanwhile Mark, Julian, Cristina and Emma break Clave Law to rescue Kieran from the Unseelie King as he’s about to be executed. Hotly pursued by his army they are given refuge in the Seelie Queen’s kingdom. There she reveals to Julian that she knows how to break his parabatai bond. All she wants in return is the Black Volume, also being sought by the Unseelie King.

His relationship with Emma is at stake, so Julian joins the long list of those wanting to get their hands on the Black Volume. Unfortunately the decisions he makes to gain it costs him more than he’d ever expected.

With every cliffhanger chapter I found myself on the edge of my seat, eagerly reading to find out what happens to Emma and the Blackthorns. I think I even found myself sliding over to Team Mark instead of Team Julian, as more of Mark’s character traits was revealed. There are lots of loose ends that need tying, so I can’t wait to dive into book 3  “Queen of air and darkness.”

Highly recommended for ages 14 and older.

 

 

 

“Lady Midnight” Cassandra Clare

Rated 5 stars ***** 2016. The dark artifices, Book #1. Margaret K. McElderry Books. 669 p.

Lady MidnightWe readers who are part of the Shadowhunter Army first met Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn in the Mortal Instruments series, when they were 12 years old. Now, five years later, they have become parabatai, living in the Los Angeles Institute with Julian’s brothers and sisters. One day a convoy of faeries appeared with Mark, Julian’s brother, taken by The Hunt when Sebastian was busy trying to conquer the world. They want the Blackthorns to help them find a faerie killer and, in return, will release Mark.

Knowing they’ll be breaking the Cold Peace agreed upon by the Clave at the end of the Dark War, they agree to help the faeries, planning to keep their investigation a secret from the Clave. With the help of much investigative work on the strange markings found on the bodies, they realize the killer is the same one who killed Emma’s parents five years ago and that the markings are clues that someone is attempting to raise someone from the dead.

Meanwhile, Emma and Julian have always been close, and are slowly realizing their closeness is more than just friendship. They’re desperately in love. Unfortunately, because they are parabatai, Eros love is against the Law. As they struggle to figure out how to handle their emotions, the hand of betrayal is soon heavy upon all of the Blackthorns. Only Julian can rise to the occasion to save them from the Clave’s anger.

Love, heartbreak, pain, loss, and betrayal are just a few of the many emotions faced by this new group of Shadowhunters. Readers will take their struggles to heart, just like we did with Jace, Clary, Simon, Alec and Isabelle.

Recommended for ages 14 and older.

“Clockwork princess” Cassandra Clare

Rated 5 stars ***** 2013. The Infernal Devices, book #3. Margaret K. McElderry Books.

Cllockwork princessOh! Be still my heart! I just finished crying my eyes out in the final pages, hurtling through and eagerly reading so as to continue capturing Will, Jem and Tessa’s essence as the book neared its conclusion. My heart ached for Will and Tessa’s pure love, as well as for that same love felt between Jem and Tessa. To be loved so dearly and all encompassing, by two men who loved each other as blood brothers and who would die for each other, was something that bit deeply into my heart – thus causing the emotions I felt as each of these characters suffered through trials and tribulations.

My 2014 review gives you a taste of the rich plot, so read it to see the specifics of what the book entails. However, I couldn’t let my review go by without expressing the emotions I felt while reading it. These are emotions I know you’ll also feel.

Thank you Cassandra for breathing life into these characters. I already miss them dearly.

Highly recommended for ages 14 and older.

“Clockwork prince” Cassandra Clare

Rated 4 stars **** ebook. 2011. The Infernal Devices, book #2. Margaret K. McElderry Books

Clockwork princeWhat do the years 2011 and 2014 have in common? If you guessed those were the years I read “Clockwork prince” you’d be correct. Back then I had even combined both reviews into one post!

I really enjoyed this 2019 reading, finishing it in one day and eagerly waiting to get my hands on the next book in the series. As I read of Tessa struggles to love both Jem and Will it reminded me of Bella and her love for both Edward and Jacob. I was Team Edward in the “Twilight” series. In this series, I’m totally Team Will.

 

I am really enjoying rereading about Tessa, Jem and Will’s adventures in Victorian London, so make sure to read my past reviews to get the gist of what has been happening and what’s going to happen. You’ll be just as excited as I am to get your hands on an old friend and reread it. Perhaps it’ll be your first time; mayhap your third like mine, but it’s still going to be a great read. Go for it!

Recommended for ages 14 and older.