Monday, December 2, 2013

Mark This Book Monday: Mini Reviews for Bitter Sweet Love and What to Buy The Shadowhunter Who Has Everything!

Hey guys! I'm starting the week with another edition of Mark This Book Monday's mini reviews for a pair of novellas.

What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything (The Bane Chronicles, #8)What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything by Cassandra Clare

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This installment in the Bane Chronicles has to be my favourite so far. Not only it is contemporary with TMI, but also gives us a glimpse of what's happening outside of Clary & Jace's perspective. Not only that, it also gets into the more personal side of Magnus, the one that show us his human part more than his flamboyant warlock side.

Magnus is hired to summon a demon on Alec's birthday, and while he waits for the client to return, he analizes his relationship with Alec, relives a few memories, makes a pair of calls for help and manages to find the perfect gift for Alec.

Getting to see their relationship from a first person POV made me care even more for these two's relationship, and I'm so hoping they'll survive the last TMI book! To use the proper phrase for this... I so ship these two!

Bitter Sweet Love (The Dark Elements, #0.5)Bitter Sweet Love by Jennifer L. Armentrout

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bitter Sweet Love is our introduction to the new series by Jennifer L Armentrout about gargoyles, which made me quite excited since the books about gargoyles aren't really all that common!

This novella is our first introduction to the world of the Wardens, gargoyles that have a very patriarchal structure (that bothered me a bit) and their purpose is to fight demons to keep humanity safe.

All of that we find out through the story of Jasmine and Dez, two childhood inseparable friends that were going to be "mated" (get officially together according to Wardens' law) before Dez suddenly left and stayed away for 3 years. Then he returns and tries to win Jasmine back. We also get a peek at the main characters for White Hot Kiss, the first book proper on The Dark Elements series. I'm also hoping we'll get to see Jasmine and Dez again as the series progresses.

Bitter Sweet Love was a very much entertaining and sexy read, with the trademark swoons and humour I've come to expect from JLA, so I think this new series will be another I'll be following. A 3.5 to 4 stars read.

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  1. I really want to read Bitter Sweet Love! JLA is awesome at romance and incredible chemistry, plus the gargoyle bit is super unique and kind of neat! Glad you liked it and I hope the full novel is great, too! On the Shadowhunter note, is she still writing in that world? Le sigh!

    1. Yep, still one novel left on The Mortal Instruments and this series of novellas about Magnus Bane.
      Bitter Sweet Love was as you said great at romance and chemistry!

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    1. Yep, this is quite another very JLA series!

  3. I liked Magnus and Alec together from the beginning, especially since I don't much care for Alec individually so seeing him through Magnus's eyes changes things considerably.
    As for JLA, I think I've given up on her for the time being, except for the series I'm already invested in, but we'll see.

    1. I am quite shipping them together, Alec was a bit irritating but with Magnus... I love them both!
      I have to say I liked this JLA novella and I'm hoping I'll like the series, I'll let you know how it goes in case you wanna check it out, Maja.

  4. You really need to check it out, Aman! It's a novella but has 105 pages, so it's long enough for the story it tells.

  5. I can't wait to read Bitter Sweet Love!! I love JLA books, though, this time I hope I get something new (I'm starting to feel all JLA characters a little similars).
    I still can't believe I haven't read The Bane Chronicles!!! I need to start them now!
    Thanks for th reviews! :)
    Lis @ The reader lines

  6. Thank you Lis! I can't wait to hear what you think about the new JLA series and the Bane Chronicles! The BC are quite short novellas, so you can catch up with them all in no time!


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