The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare

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Title: The Magnus Bane Chronicles

Rating: Cup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of Tea

Author: Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson

Published by: McElderry Books

Publication Date: 11th November 2014

Pages: 528

Genres: Teen/YA Fiction/Fantasy/Mystery/Shadowhunters

Book Blurb:  It’s not easy being Magnus Bane. As a warlock, he’s often called upon to fix problems of others. His life has been long, and his loves have been many, and Magnus has a way of making sure he’s at the right place at the right—or perhaps wrong—time. The French Revolution, Prohibition, the first great battle between Valentine and the New York Institute… Magnus was there. But smuggling Marie Antoinette out of France is nothing compared to having a first date with Alec Lightwood.

Though Magnus’ tale is far from over, these stories shed a little light on his often inscrutable character. What happens when an immortal warlock goes mad? Are all Herondales as problematic as Will? (Answer: yes.) And why was Magnus banned from Peru?

Magnus will never be able to tell all of his tales. No one would believe him. But here are eleven stories that fill in some of the blanks—stories he probably wishes had never gotten out.

 

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Review:
I was actually crazy enough to think about writing a review for each separate story but that would be eleven individual reviews. I, like many other fan-girls out there, have anticipated this book for months. I know it’s been released separately as eBooks but… Well first of all I try to avoid eBooks and use my local book store as often as possible, secondly, it’s so shiny! The cover is awesome with Godfrey Gao (Taiwanese actor and model) on the front cover. He portrayed Magnus Bane in the movie and I wish he could be Magnus in the TV show but that’s unlikely.
Anyway, each story was written by a combination of the three writers, giving us glimpses into Bane’s past. Magnus’ back stories were super interesting, comedic and magical; they also showed glimpses into shadowhunter history as well (at least the parts that involved Magnus).

This book was simply an amazing companion novel to the Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices. It all links up beautifully and if you have read either of those series then I thoroughly recommend reading this. If you have not read TMI or TID then I still recommend reading it but there will be points you won’t get because the whole world isn’t introduced again as this was written for those who already have a great background knowledge into the world.

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Random Post #2: The Goodreads Tag

The Goodreads Tag

I just found out about this and, well, my life needs goodreads to survive. On birthdays it is literally how friends know what to buy me. Anyway this goodreads tag is amazing and really fun so I thought I should give it a go. If any of you would like to know, my username is zebookgeek

  1. What was the last book you marked as read? – The last book I marked as read was The Magicians Guild by Trudi Canavan to which I gave it five stars. You can click the link to see my review.
  2. What book are you currently reading? – I’m currently reading The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare. I am loving it sooo mch and am on the fifth story but due to school and autumn term mock exams I have not had time to read much recently. Hopefully I will get through around five books in the holidays on the 19th of December. Fingers crossed.
  3. What was the last book you marked as to-read? – Control by Lydia Kang. I came across this book in a weird way. Someone left this book in my form room and I had to take it to reception for lost property. On the way there I ended up reading the first chapter. Whoever it was, it is already amazing and I will be buying it as soon as I can (after the other thirty two books in my shelf)
  4. What do you plan to read next? – Not sure yet. It’s a cross between Eleanor and Park, The Scorch Trials and The Knife of Never Letting Go. I can’t decide at the moment. Leave a comment in the box below if you want me to read one of the books first.
  5. Do you use the star rating? – That is actually my main way of leaving reviews. I always use the star rating because although I write the reviews here on my blog, I almost always forget to paste it into the written review boxes. This is actually a good reminder for me on my Christmas holidays to do list.
  6. Are you doing a 2014 reading challenge? – Yes but i started it quite late – in August – so I set myself quite a low target of 10 and have finished 13 so far so I guess that is O.K.
  7. Do you have a wish list? – Yes, as mentioned in the posts description, I do. It is separate from my to read list because some of my tor read are books I own but haven’t read. The wishlist is (of course) books I want to get.The only problem was that I went on a giant book shopping spree with birthday money only to find out two of the series I bought I’m getting for Christmas. Luckily I was able to return them fully refundable =P. But yes I do have one and aside from that, they are extremely useful.
  8. What book do you plan to buy next? – This is difficult. I don’t usually plan this as it is just whatever is in the store at the time. If I am desperate for a book I will order it online but some part of me prefers the stores as it helps to keep them open so I can still have days where I sit in them for hours on end with my family. (don’t ask, we’re a weird, geeky group)
  9. Who are your favourite authors? – Ooooh. Tough one. You should never ask a book geek this, it is almost impossible. At the moment Cassandra Clare for her shear dedication to the shadowhunter world and the size and love she gets from her fandom. Also because of my OTP, Simon and me.
  10. Have you joined any groups? – I think I did a while ago but I’m not sure if I’m even still in it. I don’t really use the groups feature much. I usually just socialise in forums and comments sections of books.

For all those who haven’t done it: I tag you to do this, whether it be on your blog or in the comments box below. Also feel free to leave your usernames with comments.

New This Month – December 2014

Here is a list of new releases coming out this month so that you can plan ahead.

December 2nd

Pretty Little Liars: Vicious by Sara Shepard

In Rosewood, Pennsylvania, reporters are lined up outside the historic courthouse, typing furiously at their iPhones with freshly manicured nails. Because the trial of the century is happening right here in Rosewood: the four pretty little liars have been accused of killing Alison DiLaurentis. Only Aria, Spencer, Hanna, and Emily know that they’ve been framed. Ali is still out there, laughing as she watches the girls go down for her murder. But when your nickname includes the word “liar,” no one believes you’re telling the truth. . . .

Aria tries to run away from it all but finds that life on the lam is even harder than life as a liar. Spencer gets in touch with someone who can help her disappear–but when a guy from her past reemerges, Spencer no longer knows what she wants. Hanna decides that she’ll hear wedding bells chime before she serves time. And in the face of prison, Emily does something truly drastic–something that will change her friends’ lives forever.

As the trial goes on and the outcome looks grim, the girls are in their darkest hour yet. But maybe they can finally figure out how to beat Ali at her own game. Because once upon a time, she was just a pretty little liar too.

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Blythewood: Ravencliffe by Carol Goodman19523941

She’s a student at Blythewood Academy, an elite boarding school that trains young women to defend human society from the shadowy forces that live among us.  After the devastating events of her first year at Blythewood, Ava is eager to reunite with her friends—and with Raven, the compelling but elusive winged boy who makes her pulse race. She soon discovers, though, that the sinister Judicus van Drood hasn’t finished wreaking havoc on Blythewood—and wants to use Ava and her classmates to attack a much bigger target.

Ava’s the only one with any hope of stopping van Drood. But to scuttle his plans, she must reveal her deepest secret to everyone at Blythewood. What’s she willing to sacrifice to do what’s right—her school?  Her love?  Or her life?

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Book Haul #1: November 2014

Book Haul #1: November 2015

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O.K, I know I haven’t posted in ages but…I was in a reading slump! I know, I know, terrible, but it’s true and I am finally able to come clean. But this month it was my birthday and I got a lot of book tokens so went on a day of shopping, FOR BOOKS!!!

So this is my first ever book haul for November. Enjoy!

So these are the books I bought this month (click on the title of each books for a link to goodreads:

 

 

1. The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson

This book is like a biography of Magnus’ Life up to the end of Heavenly Fire. I have been waiting for this book to come out for ages and have finally gotten it. I know they were released as e-book copies but I am not keen on using e-readers. Plus, I managed to get one of the limited edition Hardback copies with exclusive content of Magnus Bane’s Voice-mail. Writing this, I have already read half the book and look forward to continuing my journey through Magnus’ Life.

2. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

I know this book has been out for a while and has won two Carnegie medals. For some reason I never really looked at it but recently I did and I thought it sounded amazing. I then went on to read the first chapter of it and decided to buy it straight away. It is part of the Chaos Walking series and I look forward to reading it in the Christmas holidays in around 4 weeks time.

3. The Magicians Guild by Trudi Canavan

Wow. I bought this book on the first of November and finished it on the first of November. It was amazing and I thoroughly recommend reading it. It is so well written and I loved it. But… I don’t think I’ll ever finish the series. I think it would have worked better as a single, stand alone book but I guess that’s just my opinion.

4. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

I read the first book after watching the movie *horrified gasp*. Anyway I loved it and now have the second book to read. Some people have told me that the sequel is -meh- but I might as well try it if I enjoyed the first book so much.

5. The Kill Order by James Dashner

Don’t ask why I have this book and not The Death Cure. In a moment of hurry and panic for the waterstones closing for the day, I rushed in and picked up Scorch Trials and what I thought to be The Death Cure, but as you can see, it wasn’t. Hopefully I will enjoy Scorch Trials so that I read the next book and etc… but who knows? We’ll see…

6. Day 21 by Kass Morgan

I have read the first book and I swear it finished way too soon. They are making a second series of its TV adaptation but I know the TV show is very different and am scared it might give away stuff because I’ve heard it moves much faster. Anyway I enjoyed the 100 and am now going to read the next book some time in the holidays.

7. Of Mice and Men by John Steinback

Honestly, this book was just bought for school for my GCSE English Literature. I will read it before hand as it is quite famous and well spoken of but I’m not sure, it isn’t a genre or time/era I usually read so who knows?

8. The Inspector Calls and Other Plays by JB Priestly

This was also bought for my GCSE English Literature and I am planning to read it before hand but even though I think Of Mice and Men might surprise me, I do not feel the same way for an Inspector Calls.

The Black Magician: The Magician’s Guild by Trudi Canavan


Title: 
The Magician’s Guild

Rating: Cup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of Tea

Author: Trudi Canavan

Published by: Orbit

Publication Date: March 4th 2010

Pages: 480

Genres: Teen/YA Fiction/Fantasy/Mystery

Book Blurb:  Each year the magicians of Imardin gather together to purge the city streets of vagrants, urchins and miscreants. Masters of the disciplines of magic, they know that no one can oppose them. But their protective shield is not as impenetrable as they believe. Sonea, angry, frustrated and outraged by the treatment of her family and friends, hurls a stone at the shield, putting all her rage behind it. To the amazement of all who bear witness, the stone passes unhindered through the barrier and renders a magician unconscious. The guild’s worst fear has been realised …There is an untrained magician loose on the streets. She must be found before her uncontrolled powers unleash forces that will destroy both her, and the city that is her home.

 

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Review:
Before i start the review, let me just say that I’m already rereading this book while I wait for the next book to arrive. What does that say about this book, other than you amount of tea’s you have already seen. This will probably be my next book series/trilogy addiction, with the added fact that Trudi Canavan has two other trilogy’s in this world.
Apparently this author is famous for her female protagonists, which for some reason appeal to me.
Anyway, this book captured my imagination beautifully. What got me interested was the first paragraph that talks about spirits the wind, I don’t know the relevance to the book but it was quite deep I guess.
The main character, Sonea, is unlike other female main characters, for one thing, there is no actual romance at all in this book. There are people I would like her to be with due to how they act around each other, but overall, this book is based more on other aspects of a person’s life other than their love life and interests. This actually gave us more insight into the characters personalities in other events and circumstances.
Most gripping, must read next book, stories usually end in cliffhangers if I’m being stereotypical. This book did not, in my mind, leave me guessing the next event, but it was still such an amazing book I ordered the next book two minutes after finishing the book. I actually read the book in around four hours.
Overall, I thoroughly recommend reading this and I would love it if the trilogy became a TV show (as long as it was good and nothing was too badly changed ‘obviously’)

New This Month – November 2014

Here is a list of new releases coming out this month so that you can plan ahead.

November 4th

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A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.

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Teardrop: Waterfall by Lauren Kate

 

Eureka’s tears have flooded the earth and now Atlantis is rising, along with its evil king, Atlas. Eureka is the only one who can stop him – but first she must learn how to fight. She travels across the ocean with Ander to try and make sense of the dark world her sorrow has created. But dark secrets are hidden in the depths – will she be strong enough to defeat Atlas, or is her broken heart just what he needs to power his rising kingdom? Eureka has the chance to save the world. But she’ll have to give up on everything – even love…

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Keen Cover Friday – Halloween Twist

Keen Cover Friday – Halloween Twist

Well It’s Halloween today so here’s you’re first post today.

Original version created on Blog Keep Booked

O.K so I have found a load of Halloween related book covers and I know you should never judge a book by its cover but it’s Halloween and all sorts of devilish things can happen. So go ahead. I have links to goodreads with each cover.

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