Book Review: The Bane Chronicles: What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

Goodreads Synopsis:

Magnus Bane may or may not be dating Alec Lightwood, but he definitely needs to find him the perfect birthday present.

Set in the time between City of Ashes and City of Glass, warlock Magnus Bane is determined to find the best birthday present possible for Alec Lightwood, the Shadowhunter he may or may not be dating. And he’s also got to deal with the demon he’s conjured up for a very irritating client…

 

About the Authors:

Cassandra Clare:

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“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.”

Sarah Rees Brennan

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Sarah Rees Brennan is Irish and currently lives in Dublin. For a short stint, she lived in New York and became involved with a wide circle of writers who encouraged and supported her, including Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. She has developed a wide audience through her popular blog, mistful.livejournal.com, where she writes movie parodies, book reviews and some stories.

 

My Review:

I really loved this story.  It was really nice of Magnus to give Alec a birthday present on his 18th birthday.  I really did love the story line and can’t wait to read more about Magnus’s adventures in his lifetime.

Book Review: The Bane Chronicles: The Fall of Hotel Dumort by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson

Goodreads Synopsis:

Magnus Bane watches the once-glamorous Hotel Dumort become something else altogether in 1970s New York City.

Fifty years after the Jazz Age rise of the Hotel Dumort, immortal warlock Magnus Bane knows the Manhattan landmark is on the decline. The once-beautiful Hotel Dumort has fallen into a decayed thing, a ruin, as dead as a place can be. But the vampires don’t mind…

 

About the Authors:

Cassandra Clare:

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“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.”

Maureen Johnson:

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Maureen knew from an early age she wanted to be a writer. She went to high school at an all-girls’ Catholic school and graduated from University of Delaware with a degree in writing. She now lives and writes in New York City.

Many of the adventures Maureen’s characters face in her books are based on real-life stories. Maureen has traveled all over Europe, and is a Secret Sister to vlog brothers Hank and John Green.

 

My Review:

Again another interesting adventure featuring our favorite warlock.  This was another interesting story about Magnus’s past and it was completely easy to relate if you have a loved one that is addicted to any kind of drugs.

Book Review: The Bane Chronicles: Saving Raphael Santiago by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

Goodreads Synopsis:

A Manhattan teen—Raphael Santiago—is missing, and Magnus Bane must track him down before it’s too late.

In 1950s New York City, a distraught mother hires Magnus Bane to find her missing son, Raphael. But even if he can be found, is Raphael beyond saving?

 

About the Authors:

Cassandra Clare:

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“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.”

Sarah Rees Brennan:

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Sarah Rees Brennan is Irish and currently lives in Dublin. For a short stint, she lived in New York and became involved with a wide circle of writers who encouraged and supported her, including Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. She has developed a wide audience through her popular blog, mistful.livejournal.com, where she writes movie parodies, book reviews and some stories.

 

My Review:

I really loved this story.  We got tot see how Raphael Santiago got to be a vampire which was really interesting.  It is always interesting to read about a character’s past that is not mentioned in the main part of a book series.

Book Review: The Flash Vol. 3: Gorilla Warfare by Francis Manapul

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Goodreads Synopsis:

In his hometown of Central City, The Flash–a.k.a. Barry Allen–is constantly deflecting the criminal schemes of his Rogue’s Gallery. Money hungry, cunning and powerful, these villains have the Scarlet Speedster running at a pace faster than even the world’s fastest man is used to.
But when Gorilla Grodd and his army descend on Central City, The Flash will have to contend with a threat he’s not used to: murderous, ruthless and without principle. With mammoth strength and mind-control powers, Grodd will not stop until he conquers the city with its heroes blood on his hands. Knowing full well he cannot defeat this new foe alone, The Flash will have to turn to his former enemies, the Rogues, if he wants to keep himself and Central City alive.

 

About the Author:

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Francis Manapul is a comic book artist living in Toronto, Canada currently working for DC comics. His list of credits include the forthcoming Adventure Comics, and Superman Batman. In the past he’s worked on titles like Legion of Super-Heroes, Iron and the Maiden, Necromancer, Sept Guerrieres, Tomb Raider, Darkness, G.I Joe and of course Witchblade.

 

My Review:

I really did like this story as well as the illustrations.  In fact, the artists made Grodd look like an evil version of Grape Ape (in my opinion).

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Book Review: The Bane Chronicles: The Rise of Hotel Dumort by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson

Goodreads Synopsis:

In 1920s Manhattan, Magnus Bane hobnobs with the elite at a glamorous Jazz Age hotspot.

The immortal Magnus Bane is making the most of his time in the Roaring Twenties: He’s settled into New York society and is thriving among the fashionable jazz set. And there is nowhere better to see and be seen than the glamorous Hotel Dumort, a glittering new addition to the Manhattan landscape. But a different type of glamour may be at play…

 

About the Authors:

Cassandra Clare:

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“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.”

Maureen Johnson:

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Maureen knew from an early age she wanted to be a writer. She went to high school at an all-girls’ Catholic school and graduated from University of Delaware with a degree in writing. She now lives and writes in New York City.

Many of the adventures Maureen’s characters face in her books are based on real-life stories. Maureen has traveled all over Europe, and is a Secret Sister to vlog brothers Hank and John Green.

 

My Review:

I really liked this story.  It was really interesting to read about the rise of Hotel Dumort and how the vampires made it their home.

Book Review: Spiderman 2: Doc Around the Clock by Jacob Ben Gunter

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Doc Ock has four powerful tentacles, and he’s wreaking havoc across New York City. There is only one person standing in his way — Spider-Man. The web-slinger will do anything in his power to stop the multi-tentacled villain. Read all about one day in the life of Spider-Man’s newest nemesis, Doc Ock.

 

About the Author:

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My Review:

I really did like this story.  I like to hear about the events of a character’s past and how those events shaped the character into who he/she is today.  I haven’t seen the movies where Tobey Maguire plays Spiderman.  I have only seen part of a movie where Andrew Garfield played Spiderman and I have seen where Tom Holland has played Spiderman.  I have to say that so far Tom Holland is my favorite actor to play Spiderman.

 

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Book Review: The Superior Spiderman by Dan Slott

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Goodreads Synopsis:

It’s the story that turned Spider-Man’s world upsidedown, as a dying Doctor Octopus hatches his master plan for vengeance against Spider-Man: he will become him! As Peter Parker suddenly awakens to find himself trapped in the failing body of his greatest foe, Otto Octavius rejoices in the power and youth of his new spidery form. Can Peter switch their minds back before his time runs out? Yes…and no! As Peter’s story comes to a dramatic close, Otto vows to become better than his old foe in every possible way. Smarter, stronger…he will be the Superior Spider-Man! But even with his newfound sense of heroism and responsibility, can Otto survive his heroic baptism of fire against the new Sinister Six?

 

About the Author:

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My Review:

I didn’t like the storyline as much as I had hoped and I didn’t like many of the illustrations as much as I had hoped, but some of you may really like this story, it is all a matter of opinion.

Book Review: The Bane Chronicles: The Midnight Heir by Cassandra Clare

Goodreads Synopsis:

In Edwardian London, Magnus Bane discovers old friends and new enemies—including the son of his former comrade Will Herondale. One of ten adventures in The Bane Chronicles.

Magnus thought he would never return to London, but he is lured by a handsome offer from Tatiana Blackthorn, whose plans—involving her beautiful young ward—are far more sinister than Magnus even suspects. In London at the turn of the century, Magnus finds old friends, and meets a very surprising young man . . . the sixteen-year-old James Herondale.

 

About the Author:

Cassandra Clare:

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“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.”

Sarah Rees Brennan:

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Sarah Rees Brennan is Irish and currently lives in Dublin. For a short stint, she lived in New York and became involved with a wide circle of writers who encouraged and supported her, including Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. She has developed a wide audience through her popular blog, mistful.livejournal.com, where she writes movie parodies, book reviews and some stories.

 

My Review:

This story was awesome.  it was really interesting to get to know Jace Herondale’s ancestors.

Book Review: The Amazing Spiderman: The Book of Ezekiel by J. Michael Straczynski

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Peter delves further into the totemic origin of his powers when the enigmatic Ezekiel returns! Is he truly Peter’s mentor and ally, or something more? Plus: In the aftermath of an interdimensional rift caused by Spider-Man and Doctor Strange’s battle with Dormammu, a sorceress of limitless power is set free…

 

About the Author:

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Joseph Michael Straczynski (born July 17, 1954), known professionally as J. Michael Straczynski and informally as Joe Straczynski or JMS, is an American writer and television producer. He works in films, television series, novels, short stories, comic books, and radio dramas. He is a playwright, a former journalist, and author of The Complete Book of Scriptwriting. He was the creator and showrunner for the science fiction TV series Babylon 5…. From 2001 to 2007, he was the writer for the long-running Marvel comic book series The Amazing Spider-Man.

 

My Review:

Really liked this story line and I really what to read more Spiderman books in the future because he is one of my favorite superheroes.  (I also really love Tom Holland’s performance as Spiderman in Spiderman:  Homecoming.)  I really have a feeling that Spiderman himself would seriously approve of this book.

 

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Book Review: The Bane Chronicles: Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

Goodreads Synopsis:

Magnus Bane leverages his alliances with Downworlders and Shadowhunters on a venture to Victorian London. One of ten adventures in The Bane Chronicles.

When immortal warlock Magnus Bane attends preliminary peace talks between the Shadowhunters and the Downworlders in Victorian London, he is charmed by two very different people: the vampire Camille Belcourt and the young Shadowhunter, Edmund Herondale. Will winning hearts mean choosing sides?

 

About the Authors:

Cassandra Clare:

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“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.”

 

Sarah Rees Brennan:

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Sarah Rees Brennan is Irish and currently lives in Dublin. For a short stint, she lived in New York and became involved with a wide circle of writers who encouraged and supported her, including Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. She has developed a wide audience through her popular blog, mistful.livejournal.com, where she writes movie parodies, book reviews and some stories.

 

My Review:

I really loved this story and I can’t wait to read even more stories about Magnus Bane’s past.