5 Coffee Cups Review of LUX by Courtney Cole

Title: Lux 

Series: The Nocte Trilogy #3

Author:  Courtney Cole

Genre:  NA, Romance, Mystery 

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Synopsis:

LET THERE BE LIGHT.

My name is Calla Price and I’m broken.

My pieces are all around me, floating on the wind, even as I desperately try to grasp them.

Who is dead? Alive? Insane?

What is the truth?

I don’t know.

I do know this: The darkness is strangling me. With every breath, I choke on another lie.

My mind has protected me, but that shield will soon be lowered.

All will be revealed.
Every answer to every question.

It’s all been leading to this.

Don’t be afraid.
Be terrified.

 

My Thoughts:

I’ve been sitting on this review for days, not having the slightest clue as to how to properly put what I read into words. Let me start by saying that from the very beginning, we all knew that the Nocte Trilogy wasn’t your everyday-run of the mill-kind of story. It’s dark, it’s gritty and completely unorthodox; that’s what makes it such a fantastic series. I’ve read so many stories that nothing surprises me anymore, most plotlines are predictable and unoriginal. The Nocte trilogy however had me scratching my head and asking myself “what the hell did I just read” from beginning to end. Lux is a maze of twist and turns that bend reality and mystifies your mind. A refreshingly, unconventional story that will have you biting your nails and rocking on a corner somewhere.

Review:

The die has been cast, Has been cast, Has been cast. I feel it. The truth. It’s coming, And it’s dark,
And I won’t like it.

I devoured the first two books, and couldn’t wait to get my hands on Lux, I needed answers or I was gonna go crazy. Lux takes you so far down the rabbit hole that I suggest you take out your little, handy dandy notebook and start taking notes as you read along, just to make sure you remember all the details. There’s so much going on and so many aspects and retells of the story that at some points it’s difficult to keep track of everything and your sanity for that matter. You don’t know which way is up, down. Who’s good or bad. What’s real or not. Who’s dead or alive. It’s a carnival ride that makes your head spin but OMG, you love every minute of it! I’m such a masochist.  I have no idea how Courtney Cole kept her head on straight while writing this series, she’s either brilliant or mad; is funny how often those two cross. Nevertheless she’s done a freaktastic job with a unique story that truly stands aside from the bunch.

I don’t want to reveal specific details, all I can really say is that we do get the answers we’ve been impatiently waiting for, also the story is very open for interpretation and remember, the Beginning is the End. Okay that’s all I’m saying, good luck and if you need emotional support after you finish reading Lux, there’s a Nocte Support Group on Facebook.

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About the Author 

Courtney Cole

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Courtney Cole is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist who would eat mythology for breakfast if she could.

She has a degree in Business, but has since discovered that corporate America is not nearly as fun to live in as fictional worlds.

Courtney was born and raised in rural Kansas, but has since migrated south. She now lives in Florida and writes beneath palm trees.

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Endless Possibility Review

Title: Endless Possibility

Series: City Lights (Rush-Novella)

Author: Emma Scott

Genre: NA, Romance

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Synopsis:

After the disastrous Planet X party, Noah Lake knows he must to learn to cope with his anger and bitterness, to learn to live as he is and not as he had been. He sets out on an impossible journey, alone, in the hopes of making himself worthy of Charlotte’s love, and to slay the demons of an old life that is lost to him.

As he makes his arduous way across Europe, following Charlotte’s tour, Noah writes of his experiences that will become his memoir, and it is only after reading his words that Charlotte comes to fully understand the hardships Noah endured for their sake; a journey that nearly broke him in mind, body, and spirit. She knows what she must do: show Noah that while she is the light in his darkness, he is the music in her heart, and that without him, she’d be just as lost.

Endless Possibility is the final chapters in a love story about acceptance, peace, and the bond between two souls who have found their equal in each other, and the happily ever after they both deserve.

This novella CANNOT (or should not) be read as a standalone. It is recommended one read RUSH first to avoid spoilers and general confusion.

 

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My Thoughts:

I’m beyond ecstatic that Emma was gracious enough to write a novella for Rush-she is so good to us. After I finished reading Rush, I knew I wanted more. I started stalking Emma on Facebook and learned that she was writing Endless Possibility (very fitting name), and OMG it was a dream come true, more Noah.

I don’t know how Emma does it, but wow, her words are like musical strings that tug at your heart. Noah’s story was a wonderful addition to the rush series; a perfect ending to an unforgettable story. My words fail to describe the beauty of these books, Emma writes with her whole heart and it makes for an amazing story. Thank you for the happy tears Emma and for My Noah and Wonderful Charlotte, she was a delightful heroine.

Review:

In Endless Possibility we get to experience first hand the struggle that Noah endures on his trek across Europe as a blind person. His trial by fire wasn’t an easy one, but it was something he needed to do to become the man he wanted to be for Charlotte. It was truly an admirable journey, filled with struggle, pain and the promise of finding yourself again. Noah’s strength blew me away, his will to keep moving forward fueled by his love for Charlotte was remarkable. I was very proud of his character’s growth and endurance both mentally and physically.

Emma Scott delivers on all angles, we get some sad moments, happy moments and of course some very sexy moments between Charlotte and Noah that are sure to have you blushing or turning down your A/C. Overall, this was a fast and very satisfying read as far as novellas go.  It provides the perfect amount of information to close up the story nicely. It’s always a bittersweet moment to have a beloved series come to an end but when is well written, it stays with you forever.

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Review for RUSH by Emma Scott

 Congrats on the release of Endless Possibility, a Rush novella

Title: RUSH

Series: City Lights bk 3

Author:  Emma Scott

Genre:  NA, Romance

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Synopsis:

Charlotte Conroy, Juilliard-trained violinist, was on the cusp of greatness when tragedy swooped down on dark wings, crushing her hopes and breaking her heart. The music that used to sing in her soul has grown quiet, and she feels on the verge of setting down her violin for good. To pay the bills, she accepts a job as a personal assistant to a bitter, angry young man who’s been disabled by a horrific accident …

Noah Lake was an extreme sport athlete, journalist and photographer. He roamed the world in search of his next adrenaline high, until a cliff-dive left him in a coma. He awakes to find his career gone, his dreams shattered to pieces, his world an endless blackness that will never lift.

Charlotte begins to see that beneath Noah’s angry, brittle exterior is a young man in a pain. She is determined to show him that his life isn’t over, that he has so much to live for, never dreaming that she would become the only light in his darkness, or that he would help her find the music in hers.

The life he knew is over. The life she wants is just out of reach.
Together, they must face their fears and rediscover what it means to really live.

 

My Thoughts:

OMG, I ADORE NOAH! Okay, just had to get that out.

I breathed every word of this amazing story. There aren’t many books that have the power to touch my heart so profoundly, but Rush rendered me breathless. It’s a modern fairytale that laces it’s magic through the pages from beginning to end; Scott paints the picture vividly, like a true artist. Rush is easily one of the best reads of the year for me and a top favorite, I still can’t get the characters out of my head, ready for a re-read.

 

Review:

To be blind is not miserable; not to be able to bear blindness, that is miserable. –John Milton

I read this book in a sitting, unable and unwilling to put it down.The story captures your heart right away with its beautiful words and compelling storyline. It’s about overcoming great obstacles and finding a new path in life.

Noah and Charlotte are one of the most beautiful couple I’ve ever read. They’ve both lost their way in life, in a twist of fate that neither expected, leaving them feeling sort of stuck and unable to find the inspiration to move forward. The story tugs at every piece of your heart, the words are captivating and rich with emotion, I got all the feels and then some. It’s such an amazing experience to see the world through a blind person’s eyes, that it truly changes your perspective. I fell in love with every aspect, every page and with Noah and Charlotte.

I cannot express with words how much this story touched my heart and it wasn’t because it was super sad or super angsty, or filled with sex scenes, it was just incredibly beautiful. Put it on top of your tbr, actually, just one click it right now, you won’t regret it. If you liked Archer’s Voice, you will devour Rush.

 

Don’t forget to order the RUSH novella, for more of Noah.

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Review *Gabriel’s Inferno* by Sylvain Reynard

  I just had to share this exchange of text between Schedar and me. 

 

Me: Lately I’ve really felt like reading Gabriel’s Inferno

Schedar: Oh Jayyy! You have to, it’s amazing!

Me: 🙂

The next day.

Schedar: did you read it yet? Did you?

Me: not yet, I have to buy it.

a few minutes later

Schedar: You should check your email.

Me: why, what did you do? Did you buy me the book?

Schedar: me??? Would I do something like that?

Me: YES!!!

I checked my email and sure enough, I had a present from Barnes and Nobles, from Schedar.

Me: Thank you 🙂

Schedar: just read it already woman! 😉 I can’t wait to hear all about it!

 

Title: Gabriel’s Inferno

Series: Book #1

Author:  Sylvain Reynard

Genre:  Adult Romance

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Synopsis:

 

Enigmatic and sexy, Professor Gabriel Emerson is a well respected Dante specialist by day, but by night he devotes himself to an uninhibited life of pleasure. He uses his notorious good looks and sophisticated charm to gratify his every whim, but is secretly tortured by his dark past and consumed by the profound belief that he is beyond all hope of redemption.

When the sweet and innocent Julia Mitchell enrolls as his graduate student, his attraction and mysterious connection to her not only jeopardizes his career, but sends him on a journey in which his past and his present collide.

An intriguing and sinful exploration of seduction, forbidden love and redemption, “Gabriel’s Inferno” is a captivating and wildly passionate tale of one man’s escape from his own personal hell as he tries to earn the impossible…forgiveness and love

My Thoughts:

What can I say about Gabriel’s Inferno that hasn’t been said before. Well for starters, I’m ashamed to admit that I’m a late reader. Yet I still feel as connected to this series as anyone who has read it dozens of times. That might have something to do with the fact that almost every single one of my book friends has read the series several times and they are not shy or reserved about expressing how much they love it. As a matter of fact my friend Schedar practically shoved the books in my face and demanded I finally read them or else.

 

Review:

This amazing story leaves you breathless. It is a masterpiece of literature, a classic work of art that stands out like a rare piece. I was captivated by the use of old fashion cadences and the timeless romance that builds magically between two people who carry deep scars within their hearts.

“Look at me. Look into my eyes.” His eyes fixed on hers as they fluttered open.

“I’ll give you anything. My body, my soul, Take them. Take everything.”

Julia is such a gentle, innocent soul that you want to protect as if she were a fragile porcelain doll, beautiful and breakable yet strong of mind and will. Gabriel is almost the complete opposite. A man ruled by sin, unable to see himself as anything but a great devil; a fallen dark angel, not worthy of love. These two unlikely people find in each other the strength to be their better selves, to forgive and to love once again.

“For if you truly believe that kindness is never wasted, you have to hold tightly to that belief even when the kindness is thrown back in your face”

The detailed writing in the third person’s pov-or in this case the Snarky Narrator (Giggles)-flows seamlessly, allowing the reader to get lost in the true beauty of the words as it moves from character to character with little effort. I found this type of narrative quite capturing and easy to understand.

Mr. Reynard based a lot of the story on the Divine Comedy and love affair between Beatrice and Dante. Not knowing much about the Divine Comedy, I thoroughly enjoyed the teachings the story provides about Renaissance art and literature. It was quite educational and I usually don’t care for stories that try to teach me something but in this case I found the subject fascinating.

“Facilis descensus Averni,” he whispered, his ominous and preternatural words striking her very soul. “The descent to Hell is easy.”

Julia and Gabriel will go down in history as one of the greatest couples in literature.  I’m truly honored to finally take a part of this phenomenon and can honestly say that the hype is well deserved. When you read a novel with this kind of timeless quality to it, you can’t help but wonder how anything else will ever satisfied you. I dare say Gabriel’s Inferno has ruined me for other books. It really set the bar. Professor Emerson is a man without equal.

 

 

About the Author 

Sylvain Reynard

I am honoured to have had my novels appear on the New York Times and USAToday Bestseller lists.

I was a Semifinalist for Best Author in the 2011 and 2012 Goodreads Choice Awards. “Gabriel’s Inferno” was a Semifinalist for Best Romance in 2011 and “Gabriel’s Rapture” was a Finalist for Best Romance in 2012, in the Goodreads Choice Awards, as well. The final novel in The Gabriel Series, “Gabriel’s Redemption,” debuted at #6 on the New York Times Bestseller list. It was a Finalist for a 2014 Goodreads Choice Award as Best Romance.

I’m interested in the way literature can help us explore aspects of the human condition – particularly suffering, sex, love, faith, and redemption. My favourite stories are those in which a character takes a journey, either a physical journey to a new and exciting place, or a personal journey in which he or she learns something about himself/herself.

I’m also interested in how aesthetic elements such as art, architecture, food, drink, and music can be used to tell a story or to illuminate the traits of a particular character. In my writing, I combine all of these elements with the themes of redemption, forgiveness, and the transformative power of goodness.

I try to use my platform as an author to raise awareness about the following charities: Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation, WorldVision, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, and Covenant House.

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Review *Hopeless* by Colleen Hoover

Title: Hopeless

Series: Hopeless#1 (standalone)

Author:  Colleen Hoover

Genre:  NA, Romance

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Synopsis:

Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.

 

My Thoughts:

HOPELESS is without a doubt one of the most touching, beautiful love story I have read, words will never do it justice.

This was my first book by Colleen Hoover. I didn’t know what to expect when I decided to read it. I had heard it was good but honestly I never even read a single review. That being said I delved into the story with an open, unbiased mind.

I had to sit back and wait, catch my breath, gather my scrambled emotions and then ask myself, why I hadn’t read this amazing story sooner? I wanted to hit myself across the head.

 

Review:

WOW, just WOW…

This book absolutely blew me away, it had me in a rollercoaster of emotions up and down with grief, deception, anger, love, devotion, HOPE. Basicly every emotion known to man, you will most likely experience it in this book.  I found myself needing a few chapter breaks just to come up for air and yet it was almost impossible to put the book down.

“I’ve been looking for you my whole damn life.”

Sky is a strong Heroine. She is smart, witty, determined and forgiving. One of her best qualities was her absolute honesty. The girl had no filter, she speaks what she thinks and I found myself blushing from her word vomits and wishing I had the guts to speak with such freedom.

“Dean Holder? Messy brown hair? Smoldering blue eyes? A temper straight out of Fight Club?”

Holder is absolutely dreamy, he is the definition of devoted. His love for Sky knows no boundaries, he would go to the ends of the Earth and back for her. He is that perfect kind of boyfriend who possesses the amazing ability of knowing exactly what to say at exactly the right moment.  I’m not easily swooned, but this Hopeless boy made me feel like a schoolgirl with his amazing words and gestures. Eventually I just gave up trying to keep it together and surrendered, he was simply impossible to resist.

I loved the flashbacks, they were some of the most intense parts of the story giving you hints into the character’s dark and convoluted past, yet I was always left breathless and confused, yearning to know more. This is not an easy read, you will cry, you will laugh and you will feel like a changed person when you reach the end. Still you will LOVE the power of this story, it was as emotional as it was beautiful and of course there is a HEA.

“The sky is always beautiful. Even when it’s dark or rainy or cloudy, it’s still beautiful to look at. It’s my favourite thing because I know if I ever get lost or lonely or scared, I just have to look up and it’ll be there no matter what…and I know it’ll always be beautiful.”

Sky and Holder will forever attached themselves to your heart and they will be immortalize as one of the great couples of literature. Their story has been written in the stars and no amount of obstacles could have kept them apart.

“And once again in my new world full of heartache and lies, this hopeless boy somehow finds a way to make me smile.”

 

About the Author 

Colleen Hoover

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# 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia.

All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true.

Well, mostly. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.

She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don’t Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion), and new YA paranormal series with Harlequin Teen.

Jennifer also writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. The Gamble Brothers Series (Tempting the Best Man/Tempting the Player) and Wait for You. Under her pen name, she is published with Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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Review for *World After* by Susan Ee

Title: World After

Series: Penryn and the End of Days #2

Author:  Susan Ee

Genre:  YA, Paranormal 

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Synopsis:

In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what’s left of the modern world.

When a group of people capture Penryn’s sister Paige, thinking she’s a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.

Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels’ secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.

Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can’t rejoin the angels, can’t take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?

 

My Thoughts:

Kick ass sequel! Love this series. I’ve been a fan of angel stories for a long time but Angelfall took it to a whole new level of awesome. This story will appeal  to anyone, even if angels aren’t your thing. The world Susan Ee created it’s a must read. Compelling, heart wrenching and one of a kind; unlike anything else out there, I guarantee it.  At some points particularly gruesome and difficult to stomach but impossible to put down.

Review:

“It’s amazing how many times we need to go against our survival instincts to survive.”

Penryn is one badass chick that oddly enough didn’t get on your nerves; I know shocking for a YA leading lady. The girl has a good head on her shoulders and does what is needed without the drama, I thoroughly enjoyed her character.

“It is painful to see that people prefer a bad guy who looks like an angel to a good guy who looks like a demon.”  

Raffe is one sarcastic, hunky angel that you can’t help to root for. I loved the chemistry between him and Penryn, as partners they are a formidable team and the whisper of romance that hints here and there between the two is a great way to lighten the seriousness of the story.

“I look up to say something but he puts his finger to my lips and whispers, “Don’t talk. You’ll just spoil my fantasy of rescuing an innocent damsel in distress as soon as you open your mouth.”

The overall feel of this book is fast paced, and heart pounding. I love the semi- post apocalyptic backdrop of San Francisco in ruins as humans have to fight their way through monsters and angels to survive. Every character brought something unique to the table, some of my favorites being DeeDum-I’d say they are the comic relief and I looked forward to having them show up.  I wish I had gotten more of was Penryn and Raffe. In the first book I loved their witty banter and It felt as if I had to wait almost to the very end of World After to get to enjoy that again but it doesn’t take away from the awesomeness of the story. Looking forward to End of Days and hoping for the survival of the human race but dreading the possibility of not being able to keep Raffe and Penryn together.

“You’re not Fallen are you?”

“From everything I’ve heard, that would just make me more sexy to you Daughters of Men. What is it that you all see in bad boys?”

 

About the Author 

Susan Ee

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Susan Ee is a USA Today bestselling author of the Penryn & the End of Days trilogy, ANGELFALL, WORLD AFTER, and END OF DAYS. Her books have been translated into over twenty languages, and her short films have played at major festivals. She used to be a lawyer but loves being a writer because it allows her imagination to bust out and go feral.

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*City of Heavenly Fire* by Cassandra Clare Review

Title: City of Heavenly Fire 

Series: The Mortal Instruments #6

Author:  Cassandra Clare

Genre:  YA, Paranormal Romance

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Synopsis:

In this dazzling and long-awaited conclusion to the acclaimed Mortal Instruments series, Clary and her friends fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary’s own brother.

Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell.

The embattled Shadowhunters withdraw to Idris – but not even the famed demon towers of Alicante can keep Sebastian at bay. And with the Nephilim trapped in Idris, who will guard the world against demons?

When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee – even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned…

Love will be sacrificed and lives lost in the terrible battle for the fate of the word in the thrilling final installment of the classic urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments!

 

My Thoughts:

I’ve followed the Mortal Instruments Series for what seems like a very long time, and I’ve loved every book, every new character and every twist and turn. To reach the ending of these Era it’s quite a bittersweet moment for me. I will miss Jace and Clary and the whole gang of fascinating characters that I grew to love as if they were my own personal friends. What an EPIC CONCLUSION!

 

Review:

Cassandra Clare is without a doubt a spectacular story teller, one of the very best in fact. The world of the Shadowhunters and Downworlders she created is imagination at its finest. She writes multidimensional characters which at first glance seemed to have very little in common with one another, yet Clare manages to intermingle their paths in a way that flows seamlessly and cleverly. I have no idea how she does it and just to think of what it takes to create such in depth world and storyline makes my head hurt, but oh how I love her for that over the top-crazy brain of hers.

In this epic conclusion Clary, Jace and the whole gang must go against Clary’s own brother Sebastian-their most formidable enemy yet. In the end all bets are off and anything is possible. There is great loss, beautiful moments and new characters that give the promise of more Shadowhunters adventures in the future.

“Heroes aren’t always the ones who win,” she said. “They’re the ones who lose, sometimes. But they keep fighting, they keep coming back. They don’t give up. That’s what makes them heroes.”

I loved seeing these beloved characters grow and learn and have their time in the spotlight. Cassy did a great job of tying each path and give every character fair time to conclude their story.

For me though, these series has always been about sexy, sarcastic Jace and headstrong Clary. Their time together was something I looked forward to the most. I wanted their HEA because after six books of trials and tribulations they deserved it. My only wish was to have gotten more of them but that’s just me being biased and totally in love with Jace, then again who isn’t. He’s one dreamy hunky dude.

“Your boyfriend’s crazy,” he said to Clary.

“Yeah, but he’s hot,” said Clary. “So there’s that.”

Overall reaching the end of this wonderful series was both fulfilling and nostalgic. I certainly look forward to the spin off-The Dark Artifices. The story of Emma and Julian and hopefully we’ll get to see old beloved characters as well. Maybe a wedding for Jace and Clary-would love to see that. Farewell Mortal Instruments, you’ll always be in my heart.

About the Author 

Cassandra Clare

150038“Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.”

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