September Wrap Up | 2018

September was a wild month for me. It kicked off quickly with my work experience period starting. I was trained up in reception skills to be useful and underwent some work with the marketing girls. I did so well that the workplace offered to hire me. I will now be working in a casual position but I am so ready to get some money in my pocket and learn more!

I didn’t think I would read that much due to working most days of the week for work experience. I managed to shock myself and read 20 books which equalled 6236 pages. I managed to finish a couple audiobooks this month too on the bus to and from work!

As it is with these wrap-ups, most of these reviews will start appearing in the next few weeks so keep an eye out!

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The Bronze Key by Cassandra Clare & Holly Black | Review

Rating: ★★★★☆

Release Date: August 30th 2016

Pages: 256

Goodreads Review: here

Goodreads blurb:

Magic can save you.
Magic can kill you.

Students at the Magisterium are supposed to be safe. Under the watchful eyes of the mages, they are taught to use magic to bring order to a chaotic world.

But now the chaos is fighting back. Call, Tamara, and Aaron should be worrying about things like pop quizzes and magic contests. Instead, after the shocking death of one of their classmates, they must track down a sinister killer… and risk their own lives in the process.

As Call, Tamara, and Aaron discover, magic can only be as good as the person who wields it. In evil hands, it has the capacity to do immeasurable harm, unless it is stopped in time.

In this striking third book of Magisterium, bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare present us with a school where anything, good or evil, can happen, and the only way to unlock the truth is to risk everything to find it.


R A M B L E

This review will probably be short because I am screaming still from this book. The Bronze Key by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare was dark. The previous two books seemed like child play when compared to this book and I am shocked. I am shocked that these two women are geniuses. I haven’t felt like my heart was being ripped out of my chest by a book in a long time, but these two authors manage to do it within 200 pages.


 P L O T 

Following the same characters we now know and love, The Bronze Key is a story about friendship, crushes and murder.

Wait, one of those seem out of place. Definitely the crushes.

Definitely the crushes.

Romance hasn’t been a big thing in this series, but it slowly starts to be introduced to the series as the characters are now 14 and undergoing puberty, I presume it’s not in the text. It was a bit disorientating to read about Callum’s feelings and I got confused in some aspects, which was the only thing that brought this book down a star because it was a perfect five.

It seems these kids can’t get a break though because this particular year someone wants to murder Callum. I get he’s annoying, but I’m not sure he exactly screams “murder me”. Apparently, he does though. Along the way the trio makes many discoveries they may wish they didn’t and suffer losses that will break them.


C  H A R A C T E R S 

I haven’t got a lot to say about the characters throughout this book. At least, not enough to make individual parts in this review like I usually do. Callum, Tamara and Aaron go through some series hardships in their Bronze Year at the Magisterium. Hardships no fourteen years should have to face. It is distressing, in a way, at what they do experience and the lack of adults who are willing to help.

The trio takes care of Havoc, while also never letting Callum out of their sight in fear the murderer will strike when they do. The character growth throughout this book was beautiful, but also hilarious in some aspects. Mainly the introduction of romance that I mentioned previously.

I’m beyond excited to see how the trio grows in the future books. I can’t believe I waited so long to pick up this series.


O V E R A L L 

Overall, Cassandra Clare and Holly Black did it again. They managed to have me crying late in the night over their unexpected twists and unflinching way to execute a story. I am beyond excited for the release of the fourth book which comes out later in August.

I still highly recommend this series if you’re looking for a fast paces middle-grade series that is in no way similar to Percy Jackson or Harry Potter. Black and Clare completely make this world their own without cliches or themes from those series and it is amazing. 

The Copper Gauntlet By Cassandra Clare & Holly Black | Review

Rating: ★★★★☆

Release Date: September 1st 2015

Pages: 264

Goodreads Review: here

Goodreads blurb:

Callum Hunt’s summer break isn’t like other kids’. His closest companion is a Chaos-ridden wolf, Havoc. His father suspects him of being secretly evil. And, of course, most kids aren’t heading back to the magical world of the Magisterium in the fall.

It’s not easy for Call . . . and it gets even harder after he checks out his basement and discovers that his dad might be trying to destroy both him and Havoc.

Call escapes to the Magisterium — but things only intensify there. The Alkahest — a copper gauntlet capable of separating certain magicians from their magic — has been stolen. And in their search to discover the culprit, Call and his friends Aaron and Tamara awaken the attention of some very dangerous foes — and get closer to an even more dangerous truth.


R A M B L E 

Wow, what a book. I was sucked in almost instantly. The beginning for this was such a bigger bang than the first book (review here). There were flat parts, but since it is only an incredibly short novel I was completely enthralled and involved with the world.

The Copper Gauntlet definitely displays a different kind of story to Harry Potter and Percy Jackson (sorry for the comparison), it definitely strays completely away from the belief that this series is in any way similar to the others in any way. I mean, none of the series have a main character who has a wolf, so I know which one I prefer.

This book had adventure. This book had friendship. This book smashed middle grade and young adult stereotypes. I highly recommend this if you’re looking for a fast paced novel that features no romance and incredible friendships.


C H A R A C T E R S

#C A L L U M

Callum Hunt remains our main character. We see the whole story through his eyes and experience his reactions to what is happening. He is also pretty oblivious, which makes reading his perspective pretty frustrating at some times. Not only that but the fact he was so unwilling to communicate and share information with his friends. I wanted to shake him and scream he could trust them.

There are some incredible changes in his character, in my belief, the way he goes about magic and just how he holds himself is different from the first book. He is no longer scared of judgement from his peers and is truly more open.

#T A M A R A

Tamara is both my least favourite character and a girl I know I would be best friends with. She is comic relief, she is fearless and she is not about to take a single characters shit. Being Muslim of Iranian descent Tamara has a lot of pressures on her. She has to deal with a lot of complications, especially since her family is in the Assembly (kind of like court for Mages).

I just love her. She is not a perfect character. None of the characters in these novels are. She is flawed. She doesn’t always do the right thing and she does screw up. But, man, is she well written and kickass.

#A A R O N

Aaron doesn’t do too much this book. After the events of the last book he kind of becomes closed down and a tad hopeless, in my opinion. He also doesn’t do too much throughout this book. He appears, does some magic to save everyone, say something wise and then disappear into the background. I feel he’s hiding secrets that I am very interested in learning.

#J A S P E R

Jasper is rude and snarky. He hates showing emotions and is basically me in a fourteen-year-old boy. I was astounded by the character development that was shown throughout the book for Jasper. It was pretty surprising considering how terrible he had been in the previous book.

I hope we see more of Jasper in the third book.


P L O T 

The plot of this was intense. With Call’s father on the run from the Mages who want to kill him our main character feels he needs to save him. Aaron, Havoc and Tamara join him (followed by Callum’s mortal enemy Jasper) in order to stop events that are unfolding.

That didn’t make sense, did it? Just trust me on this, the plot is awesome. I was completely unable to put my phone down (I’m reading the ebooks). I’m nervous to see how the next book unfolds since there will be a wait for the fourth and fifth books.


O V E R A L L 

Overall, this book was amazing. It was better than the first, in my opinion. Cassandra Clare and Holly Black manage to create such a unique and original story, managing to push down stereotypes that find their way into most stories. The characters are flawed and the action is mindblowing. Definitely a recommended series.