The Last Stand of the New York Institute (The Bane Chronicles #9) by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson (4 Stars)
Here is a story I didn’t know that I wanted to read about and when I did it was wonderful, satisfying and enlightening. I feel like I’ve learned so much in this one story. It gave the kind of background information that had been missing to make a complete picture. And now I have it.
The Rise of the Hotel Dumort (The Bane Chronicles #5) by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson (4.8 Stars)
New York, Late September 1929. For those who read my edition, this is vital information. As it took me a while to find out the year this story takes place. I started reading, thinking it was 1903, but the fashion, laws, and economic disasters didn’t make sense.
What really happened in Peru (The Bane Chronicles #1) by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan (3.8 Stars)
The first thing I noticed while reading was the language; wonderful, old-fashioned, educated language. I really enjoy reading that! It fit the time, expressions used to describe Magnus, and his way of speaking and thinking.
This is the story of Simon’s arrival at the Shadowhunter Academy. It continues several months after City of Heavenly Fire. Simon knows that half of his memories are not his own, but were planted in his head, and he has glimpses of memories that tell him of his friendship with Clary, relationship with Isabelle, and his time as a vampire. Most importantly, he remembers his mother’s reaction to finding out his being a vampire, and he realizes the hurt in his friends that he cannot remember them. Consequently, he feels the need to leave.