My Shadowhunter Journey

Just after Christmas 2016, not too long ago, I decided a book buying spree was in order. I had a small amount of Christmas money that needed to be well spent on stocking up books on my TBR, ready for my hefty 2017 reading challenge of 55 books. I put in a few online orders, but I really wanted to get out and about and see what good post-Christmas deals the bookshops had (because supporting physical bookstores is very important!).

So I drove the short distance to the shopping centre slightly larger than the one in my home town, and after a short while, I found a gem! The Mortal Instruments series, all boxed up and wrapped in shiny plastic, the price label staring right at me. £49 reduced to £12! TWELVE POUNDS! I just could not leave it there! I had heard so much about the series, and knew of the Netflix series through my sister, and my interest had been sparked. I knew very little about the series beyond the fact that there was a group of people who hunt demons, but there was something deep inside me that wanted to know more. I’m always slightly skeptical about buying an entire series before knowing if I will like it, but if the worst came, eBay exists!  

I didn’t start City of Bones straight away, as there were other books I was desperate to get to. However, once I started it, there was no tearing me away. Oh my gosh, I was hooked!! I hadn’t experienced anything like this since Harry Potter. Of course, I immediately fell for Jace Wayland (and to this day, nothing has changed!), and found the characters and the entire Shadowhunter world to be so rich and well-written. 

I whizzed through the first 3 books, and thanks to a few Book-tube videos and Goodreads, I found out about The Infernal Devices. There are different ways you can read these 2 series (well, series and a trilogy), but those who had followed CassandraClare’s writing from the beginning had of course read them in publication order, whichis how I decided was the best way to proceed to get the most out of my experience with the story. So my reading order was as follows…

  • City of Bones
  • City of Ashes
  • City of Glass
  • Clockwork Angel
  • City of Fallen Angels
  • Clockwork Prince
  • City of Lost Souls
  • Clockwork Princess
  • City of Heavenly Fire

I definitely found the story flowed really well reading them this way, and recommend anyone who is thinking of reading them to read in this order. Another reason being City of Heavenly Fire contains some spoilers for The Infernal Devices trilogy!

Around about half way through City of Heavenly Fire, I decided that nothing I would see in the Shadowhunters show on Netflix would ruin the little I had left to read, so I had a few days of binge-watching Series 1 and 2A in preparation for Series 2B being released really soon! The TV show does have it’s differences, but when is an adatation of a book ever really that accurate?!

I took a bit of a break after finishing City of Heavenly Fire. I don’t consider myself much of a fantasy reader anyway, so after 9 books of the high fantasy genre, I wanted a bit of time out before moving on to more of Clare’s writing. I read Thirteen Reasons Why (by this time, the hype around the Netflix show was massive, and I wanted to see what the fuss was about!) and Fangirl, which were both fairly quick reads for me, and allowed me to return to known territory for a bit. But not for long!

By the time I had finished Fangirl, it was May 11th, and book 2 of The Dark Artifices (Clare’s 3rd Shadowhunter series) was being released on May 23rd. Had I started book 1, Lady Midnight, by then? No! I thought the size of City of Heavenly Fire was daunting, but blimey Lady Midnight was a big book! I started on May 11th, and it took me a while to get through, because reality started to catch up with me. Work, friends, family, life in general just took over and I found barely anytime to read. As the release date for Lord of Shadows drew closer, I knew I had to factor in more time for reading. I must have whizzed through the kast half of the book in about 3 days! I didn’t quite manageto finish before Lord of Shadows was released, but I was not far behind.

So this story ends in the present day. I’ve been reading Lord of Shadows for 3 days, and I’m about 150 pages in. It is already just as exciting as Lady Midnight was, and I have heard it will break my heart at the end… I look forward to it!

I hope you enjoyed this short story about how Shadowhunters came to be such a big part of my life, and if you haven’t read them already, I seriously recommended you give them a try! Oh, and maybe watch the Netflix show as well…

Until next time,

Jade 🙂

Hello, I’m Back!

Hello fellow bookworms! I am pleased to say that, after a bit of a break from blogging, I have decided to fill the BookMuffin-shaped hole in my life and start posting again. I’m very excited to have more time now I am on summer break to start talking about books and my reading journey again, although I will be doing things slightly differently to how I was before.

I won’t be posting as regularly, but hopefully, when I do post, I will be able to deliver more exciting and discussion-worthy content for all my readers, rather than posting more frequently but rushing through what I have to say.

I will be doing one book review per month, roughly somewhere in the middle of the month, for my favourite, most thought-provoking, or least favourite book of the month. I will also be trying to post some discussion topics about the bookish word and leading a literature filled life, particularly problems and thought I am having in my reading journey at the time. I will possibly be doing a weekly recap, like continuing with my Weekly Wednesday Update, or make my round-ups a monthly thing.

Over the next month or so I will be trying to reflect on what I post and what my readers like, and adjust accordingly. I also hope to be able to brand my blog a bit better, with a new logo and post graphics for a more consistent and professional blogging experience.

I am super excited to be back in the blogging world and look forward to talking to you all about what I read in my time off, as well as plenty of plans for the future.

Have an amazing weekend!

Jade 🙂

Review of ‘Nest’ by Terry Goodkind

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review in November last year, but I’ve only just got to reading it! Despite being on a short break from blogging, any books I am sent to review I will be posting reviews of as and when I get to reading them. I was excited to read Nest because the concept sounded great, and I wanted to start the year off with an exciting thriller! I had read good and bad reviews, so I just decided I would push them away and make what I wanted out of it.

Below is my review, plus a sneaky peak at the front cover and description and places to buy:

About The Book


‘Nest’ by Terry Goodkind

Kate Bishop thought she was an ordinary woman living and working in Chicago. But when she unexpectedly finds herself in the middle of a police investigation into a brutal murder, Kate makes a shocking discovery: she has the ability to identify killers just by looking into their eyes.

Trying to grasp the implications of this revelation, Kate is drawn deep into a world of terror. She is tracked down by Jack Raines, a mysterious author with shadowy connections to those who share her ability. He tells Kate that her unique vision also makes her a target, and only he can help her.

Now, hot on Jack and Kate’s heels are a force of super-predators, vicious and bloodthirsty killers who will stop at nothing until Kate is dead. But even as she fights for her life, Kate still isn’t sure if Jack is really her salvation, or another killer coming to slaughter her.

An explosive mix of action and suspense, Nest is a landmark new novel from worldwide bestselling author Terry Goodkind, and a complete reinvention of the contemporary thriller. Travel with Goodkind on a dangerous journey to the back alleys of the darknet, to the darkest corners of our minds, and to the very origins of what it is to be human.

My Review

Nest is a thriller novel, bordering on horror, set in Chicago. The book follows Kate Bishop after the murder of her brother, when she finds out she has a special ability to identify a killer by looking into their eyes. The story takes the reader on a journey through how she comes to terms with this ability, and with this, discovers the evil lurking everywhere around her, impossible to escape. She meets Jack Raines, and author specialising in helping people with Kate’s particular ability in identifying evil and helping the world understand evil in a way they never thought about it before. This book will keep you up at night, even hours after you have closed the book.

There was so much more to this book than I was expecting, yet I still have mixed emotions about it. There was so many good parts that made the book inexplicably thrilling, but other times when the writing was not as good, and the detail went into unnecessary depth. The events in the book were in no way predictable; there was a lot I didn’t see coming, but also parts of the book that didn’t really need to be there, especially not to the extent that they were, to aid the understand of the overall book. The ending was certainly climactic, almost ending on a cliffhanger that makes me think there should be something more to come. Not necessarily in the form of a full book, but a novella could be appropriate to tie things up a bit. The pacing was unusual, I think, because of the very in depth descriptions. There were extremely tense and fast paced thrilling points, which could be followed by some dull explanations that in the end could have been condensed down into half the amount of pages they took. Don’t get me wrong, there were many thrilling points that really had me hooked, but other parts of the book that let the overall suspense of the novel down a little.


There was plenty of character development in Nest, with plenty of characters to follow. There were also several character surprises! My favourite character was probably AJ, despite following Kate through the entire book, and really feeling her character, AJ had a real likeable quality to her character. Jack’s character was extremely interesting and the way his character was built up was amazing, so credit to Goodkind for character development! The storyline was a little bit far fetched, even for a thriller, but the characters remained feeling very real to me as I read the book.

I was definitely kept guessing, especially after the major plot point about half way through the book that completely through me off and had me thinking what an earth could happen now! I don’t think I could pick out a favourite part of the book, because while the book was thrilling and somewhat suspenseful, there were points when the writing was a bit haphazard, and also some extremely graphic detailing that planted some horrifying images in my mind that I unfortunately won’t be forgetting soon enough. It’s all very well writing and/or reading a thriller, but sometimes descriptions can be taken a bit too far for the readers liking, especially when not pre-warned! I was closes to crying a certain points for varying reasons, mostly shock and horror.

Lastly, one quality that did strike me as unusual for a thriller is how much I learned about things from it. Usually a thriller is focused on a  particular case that is then hopefully solved in the end, but this book gave so much more in the way people look at the world and what people know about the lurking in their surroundings. It opened my eyes to some things that I never considered and gave me things to think about as I read.

I would recommend reading Nest, not highly, but if you are looking for a thriller and don’t mind some graphic scenes then this might be for you. I would urge you to battle through the parts that drag on because it is worth it in the end, but that’s one of the only thing that brought this book rating down for me.

My Rating: 3.5 Muffins out of 5

Where To Buy

If you like the sound of the book, here is where you can buy the book (including, but not limited to):


The Book Depository

Barnes and Noble

  Cover photo and description taken from Goodreads (view book profile here)

2016 Book Roundup


Hi! It’s been a while hasn’t it. I’m really sorry for not posting for the last part of 2016, but I have started my partial blogging hiatus! However, I thought I shouldn’t deny you the small excitement of seeing what I read in 2016, so here is my (slightly late) 2016 book roundup! I really like these kind of posts because I get to reflect on my reading year, and plan ahead for next year too!

My 2015 book list:

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling (5 stars)
  • Soul Reapers by Shay West (5 stars)
  • What Milo Saw by Virginia Macgregor (3 stars)
  • Pretty Is by Maggie Mitchell (4 stars)
  • Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten (4 stars)
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (textbook) by Newt Scamander (5 stars)
  • Katherine Carlyle by Rupert Thomson (1 star)
  • The Last Days of Summer by Vanessa Ronan (2 stars)
  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (4 stars)
  • Beside Myself by Ann Morgan (4.5 stars)
  • Hesitation Wounds by Amy Koppelman (3 stars)
  • Shtum by Jem Lester (4 stars)
  • Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom (4 stars)
  • The Passenger by Lisa Lutz (4 stars)
  • The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick (4 stars)
  • The Shadow Hour by Kate Riordan (4 stars)
  • The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza (4.5 stars)
  • When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (4 stars)
  • Homecoming by Tanya Bullock (3 stars)
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (5 stars)
  • After You by Jojo Moyes (5 stars)
  • Black Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin (5 stars)
  • All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker (4.5 stars)
  • Subject 375 by Nikki Owen (4 stars)
  • The Fault in Our Stars (reread) by John Green (5 stars)
  • The Killing Files by Nikki Owen (5 stars)
  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (5 stars)
  • Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard (4.5 stars)
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John Tiffany, Jack Thorne & JK Rowling (5 stars)
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry (4.5 stars)
  • Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by JK Rowling (5 stars)
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling (5 stars)
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling (5 stars)
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling (5 stars)
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling (5 stars)
  • Flawless by Sara Shepard (3 stars)
  • The Tales of Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling (5 stars)
  • Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig (4.5 stars)
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (4 stars)
  • Her by Harriet Lane (3.5 stars)
  • Sister by Rosamund Lupton (5 stars)
  • The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood (4 stars)
  • Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson (5 stars)
  • Atomic Number Sixty by Dave Johnston (4 stars)
  • Confessions: The Private School Murders by James Patterson (5 stars)
  • Confessions: The Paris Mysteries by James Patterson (5 stars)
  • Confessions: The Murder of an Angel by James Patterson (5 stars)
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (screenplay) by JK Rowling (5 stars)
  • The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion (3.5 stars)
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (5 stars)
  • The Selection by Kiera Cass (5 stars)
  • stared The Elite by Kiera Cass (4.5 stars)

Which brings me to a total of 51 books this year!! I set my Goodreads Reading Challenge at 50 books, so I did well to maintain a good reading speed! In 2017, I aim to read 55, and I have plenty of books lined up to satisfy whatever cravings I have! I’m now going to go through which books were my top 5, my bottom 5 and the authors I plan on reading again next year…

Top 5 books (in order):

5. The Girl In The Ice


4. Confessions of a Murder Suspect


3. Black Eyed Susans


2. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (screenplay)


and the winner is…


Least Favourite 5 books (in order):

5. Her


4. The Last Days of Summer


3. Hesitation Wounds


2. Homecoming


and the loser is…


Top 5 authors I enjoyed so much I want to read them again:

5. Kiera Cass

4. Robert Bryndza

3. Julia Heaberlin

2. Nicola Yoon

and… James Patterson

So that was my 2016 year of books! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year, and here’s to another amazing and positively bookish 2017!

Happy New Year and Happy Blogging!

Until next year…

Jade 🙂


Monthly Book Roundup- November

Hello fellow bookworms! As you may have seen yesterday, I posted about retiring from blogging for a short while in the New Year. However, this does not mean I stop now! Here is this month’s Book Roundup!

What books have I read this month?

  • …finished Confessions: The Paris Mysteries by James Patterson
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Screenplay by JK Rowling
  • …currently reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • …currently reading The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

So not an amazing reading month but I did have a deadline so I forgive myself…

Average Rating:  5

Number of total pages read: 608+ (412 pages of OOTP and 94 pages of The Rosie Effect)= 1,114 approx.

Books read toward 2016 Book Challenge goal: 47/50 books (almost there!!)

Books I plan to read in December:

  • …finish Order of the Phoenix
  • …finish The Rosie Effect
  • In a Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

I’m very excited about getting to the last two books on my list, they have been on my TBR for quite a while now and I’m just itching to read them.

What do you think of the books I’ve read this month? What about the ones I plan on reading? Leave your comments below, and book recommendations are always welcome too!

Happy December and Happy Blogging!

Jade 🙂

The End of an Era (possibly…)

Hello fellow bookworms! As you notice, this is not my normal Top Ten Tuesday post, but rather a slightly sad announcement, for me anyway.

Due to my extremely busy schedule with university, which is even more packed than last year, being in Year 2, I am not getting as much time to myself as I used to enjoy. As a result of this, you may have noticed that I have not been as active on the blog.

Trying to keep up with my important uni work, my job, spending time with family and friends and the many books I have to read, I am struggling to keep on top of blogging.

But never fear, this is not the complete end. As you may have guessed from what you have read so far, I am not going to continue blogging. This doesn’t mean I am gone forever. I am merely going to be taking a break for a few months after Christmas, when this blog will be on a partial hiatus (more on that soon!) After this, I will review the time I have and continue with a lighter blogging schedule as follows:

  • One blog post a week- probably Weekly Wednesday Update
  • One review per month- either my favourite book of the month or one I particularly want to talk about
  • A monthly roundup to keep my readers up to date with what I have been reading

See, not gone forever!!

Now, about this partial hiatus business. As I have so many books I have been sent in exchange for a review, I will obviously have to review them. Those reviews will be posted here on this blog/NetGalley as and when I get the time to write them, but there will be nothing else featured on this blog through until probably the end of March or April.

I am quite sad to have to do this and, as I said, I do hope to continue after my small break, and you will still be hearing from me (in small amounts) up until Christmas.

I will be putting a note up on my book exchange page to let authors and publishers know I will not be accepting any more exchange books.

Thanks for understanding!

Jade 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: The Small Things In Life


Top Ten Tuesday was originally started by The Broke And The Bookish, where a topic is given every Tuesday and the blogger then produces a top ten list of books to fit the weekly subject. The topic this week is a thanksgiving freebie, so I have chosen ‘Ten Small Things In Life I Am Thankful For‘ so here it is (in no particular order!):

1. Tea


2. Books


3. Harry Potter


4. My Mum’s Homemade Macaroni Cheese

She puts peas in in and crushes crisps on top!


5. My Family


6. My Friends


7. The Fact That I Am A Healthy Human Being


8. My Bed


9. My Education


10. My Job

Okay so some of these aren’t the smallest things, but they are things that I am thankful for, and frankly, addressing things like this makes life feel so wonderful and makes me feel thankful that I am alive and I am able to have freedom in what I want to do with my life.


Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate it!

Jade 🙂