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May Wrap Up - Shadowhunter Challenges, Lord of Shadows and ACOWAR


In May, exams took over my life and so the only bookish accomplishment of the month was co-hosting the Lord Of Shadows Countdown Challenge with Sarah from Real Life Fiction! It was our way of celebrating the release, by making Shadowhunter themed videos.

In week one, we did the One Minute Challenge, in which we had to list as many Shadowhunters characters within one minute as possible. The stress levels were off the charts, check it out below to see how many I got!


Week two was a whirlwind of emotions as we played the RIP IT or SHIP IT tag, in which we picked out characters names and predicted whether they would make a good couple. I got crazy combinations, watch it below!


Following these challenges, I then rushed to Waterstones on the 23rd of May to pick up my order of Lord Of Shadows. If you are not aware, I have a whole shelf dedicated to Cassandra Clare's books and so it was imperative that I get the new book on release day. 

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Lord of Shadows is the second installment in the The Dark Artifices trilogy, which is a companion to the Mortal Instruments series. 

Another publication that I couldn't wait to get my hands on was A Court Of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas. Despite not having started this series yet, I have the first two and so I caved and bought number three. If you have not read this series yet, it is a loose Beauty and the Beast retelling with a fae twist. 

I am intrigued to start A Court Of Thorns and Roses as I loved the first three books in the Throne of Glass series. After Queen of Shadows, I became a bit skeptical of the direction the plot was heading and the drastic changes in the characters' personalities so I'm curious as to how ACOTAR compares.

What are your thoughts on Throne of Glass?  Have you read either of the books mentioned? Let's discuss!

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