Julian + Emma Feels!!!! Review: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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Title: Lady Midnight
Series: The Dark Artifices
Author: Cassandra Clare
Release Date: March 2016
Retail Price: $30.00
Overall Rating:  8.75/10
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Drama, Angels and Growing-up

Okay before we start, let me establish this. If you haven’t read Lady Midnight, you need to stop what you are doing right now and pick up Lady Midnight. I feel like a balloon that is about to pop because I have so many emotions and thoughts about Lady Midnight! I loved it so much!

Thank you so much to Simon and Schuster publishing. I received  Cassandra Clare’s novel, Lady Midnight from Simon and Schuster, in exchange for a review.  Please note that this does not alter, influence or change my opinions on the novel, in the following review.

When I heard Cassandra Clare was writing The Dark Artifices, I literally had a little heart attack because the Cassandra Clare was writing another book in the Shadow. Hunter. World! I couldn’t believe it but then it wasn’t long before I became disheartened. Many people would come up to me and say, “Cassandra Clare is just milking off her series. You probably shouldn’t get your hopes up,” However, I was determined to get an all out amazing debut novel for The Dark Artifices. March 9th came in a blink of an eye and soon, I was standing in the middle of the bookshelf holding Lady Midnight in my hands, extremely fangirling with some of my closest book friends. Lady Midnight had arrived and it sure did not disappoint. If there is one gif to describe how I felt when reading Lady Midnight this would be it:

Cassandra Clare’s Lady Midnight follows the story of Emma and Julian who have been best friends and Parabatai from when they were young. Nothing could ever get in their way of their friendship. Emma has lived her whole life with the Blackthorns since the death of her parents who she is determined to avenge. When Julian returns back from his trip to Idris, new problems arise. Mark, Julian’s brother, has come back after several years of being held by the Faerie court and the Blackthorns will do anything to get their brother back from the Faeries. The faeries create a deal with Julian if he can solve the murders which have been mysteriously taking place, his brother will get the chance to choose to stay. However, problems arise and secrets are being kept. Emma and Julian are being torn apart and pulled together by the events and that doesn’t even begin to cover the story.

spoilers ahead!

I literally have an irrecoverable book hangover for this book! I have so many thoughts and emotions for this book. Reading Lady Midnight, made DSC_0207_Fotorme realise how much I truly loved The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices. There is something about these books that remind me of a fairytale. In my opinion, Cassandra Clare’s novels are really unique every story, every book, every paragraph and every sentence have woven this sense of fairytale, fantasy and magic into it, which is what I absolutely love about these novels. I love how every story is interlocking, the only way to truly enjoy this series is to read it from the very start to the very end and don’t forget, you have to read every series in the chronicles. One of my main reasons for why I love reading books is the fact that whenever you read a good story it will drag you into this world where layers upon layers of imaginary characters, storylines and settings are built up in your head and every single thing you read is being played in your head. It pulls you from the real world and act like an anchor to this imaginary world where you can forget about everything that is worrying you and its just you and the characters. (Okay, that sounded really intense but I truly mean it) Undoubtedly, Cassandra Clare’s novel always have that affect on me and Lady Midnight really did.

Lady Midnight’s plot blew me away. Like I mentioned in the beginning, I was kind of skeptical and I was really scared that Lady Midnight was going to bring my whole perfect perspective of the Shadowhunter chronicles, crashing down. I was nervous that Lady Midnight was going to have a really cliche, overused, “Cassandra Clare” plot but I was proven wrong. Just like all of her other perfect novels, Clare devised a plotline that contained the perfect balance of romance, contemporary, coming of age, fantasy, action and adventure! I do not know how she does it but it was literally the pinnacle of perfection. Okay, well maybe I’m exaggerating that a bit because it wasn’t a perfect novel but it was pretty good! I loved the idea of having a forbidden love with Parabatais. It’s so rare to see authors take the “forbidden love” plot device and twist it in their own way to make it so much more enjoyable and personal for the reader. I love it because it may sound weird but I love expanding my knowledge in the whole Shadowhunter world and I loved finding out about the Parabatais. When Cassandra Clare left the whole Parabatai falling in love thing ambiguously, I was like, “Oh no,” something big is going to happen.

When I discovered that they had solved the murder it ended on a really happy note and I’m excited to see what they’ll do in the next book! I loved how most of the characters from the other book got one or multiple cameos because that meant that we all got a chance to see our favourite characters come together again. That’s what I love about these books. You don’t have to miss characters from her other series because she always finds a way to incorporate them. Oh, I almost forgot can we mention the fact that Mark and Emma made that deal! In my mind, I was like, “NOOOOO!! WHAT ARE YOU DOING???” I could feel my heart breaking in its chest. I actually can’t even. It’s like Simon,  Clary and Jace all over again. It’s going to be really intense.

Now onto the characters, I really liked Emma’s character and I think she is my favourite out of the three main protagonists in her three series. I love how strong Emma is and she really is one of those characters you can look up too. She is only a little bit older than me so that adds an extra bonus! But seriously, I loved Emma’s character she is so strong and I absolutely love how relatable she is. One of my favourite scenes is the one where she is talking with Christina about the fact that she feels like she has nothing special to give because she is just a normal shadow hunter with no special powers and in a metaphorical way, I could relate to that. Sometimes we all feel like we have nothing special to us but realistically we all  do. However, I didn’t really like the way Emma was presented in the first few chapters. The whole time she was swooning over Julian. “Julian this, Julian that.” I kind of got sick of it and I was worried that she would be like that throughout the book but it definitely got better.

When Julian came into the story, I was like yes! Like all of Cassandra Clare’s boys, Julian was perfect in his own unique way! He kind of reminded me of a mix between a less-clumsy Percy and a really hot California boy! 🙂 No seriously, I really liked Julian. However, I have to admit his character was so over talked by Emma that it kind of influenced Julian’s perspective. His personality got lost within the story and I found that his character was really two dimensional and hopefully we get to see more of who he is in the later stories. I love his relationship with Emma, whenever I saw them together I was literally like:

I can’t wait to see their relationship grow! I’m so excited for the next book! I also really liked Christina! I’m so glad Cassandra Clare introduced her because I absolutely love her character! I’m excited to see her story and who she relly is. She wasn’t presented in much detail and so I really want to see more of her character! Despite the many characters, I actually found myself remembering their names! (I’m very proud of myself because I always get mixed up with names!) Anyway, I also really liked Mark’s character. However, I didn’t really see much of a proper personality in his character but that makes sense considering he lived a lot of his life as a faerie! I really like his relationship with Kieren and I hope to see more of that in the later books! I’m so excited for this new Herondale because Herondales are always the definition of perfection (*cough* Will and Jace *cough*)! Hopefully, Kit or Christopher (whatever you want to call him) will just be as lovable as the other Herondales!

I love the way Cassandra Clare include Edgar Allen Poe’s poem Annabel Lee! It’s actually one of my favourite poems and the fact that she represented the poem in the story really surprised me! I remember doing a project on him in Grade 6 or 7 and I absolutely loved this poem because in my head it was like a dark, edgy Little Mermaid story! I’m so excited to see more of her stories because I know that they’ll always be based on some literary classic! I absolutely adored this book and I’m sure many of you guys did too!

what did you think of the novel? i loved it so much!!

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Taylor Swift Book Tag

Heya! I haven’t done a book tag in ages… so, I am doing one today. I recently got tagged by Famtaq to do the Taylor Swift tag, she has a great blog and you should definitely check it out! Lets get started on the tag:

  1. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together- pick a book series that you were pretty sure you were in love with, but then you wanted to break up This would have to be the Harry Potter series. Now before you all butcher me, I used to “try” to be obsessed with the Harry Potter series because everyone else used to be “OH MY GOD! It is the best!” but internally I used to despise it. I guess I don’t really like the layout of the plot where all the boring stuff, like going to school, would happen in the beginning making it really hard to get through and then in the last quarter of the book we would get this really big scene with Voldermont. It followed the same routine throughout the series and that is probably why I don’t really like it.
  2. Red- pick a book with a RED cover. The first book which popped into my head was… you guessed it, Vampire Academy but I also really like House of Hades!
  3. The Best Day- pick a book that makes you feel nostalgic. That would have to be the Percy Jackson series because I read it when I was quite young and I’ve pretty much grew up with the characters!
  4. Love Story- pick a book with forbidden love
    SOOOOOOO MANY TO CHOOSE FROM. I recently read Amanda Hocking’s Kanin trilogy and there is definitely forbidden love in there! Oh! The! Pain! A review will definitely be coming soon.
  5. Innocent- pick a book that someone ruin the ending for
    Allegiant, I learnt about the ending before because I had a friend who told me as I didn’t think I would read the book. I started the book a month after, but don’t worry I still cried so much! 🙁
  6. Everything Has Changed- pick a book character that has gone through extensive character development
    This is honestly one of my favorite Taylor Swift songs but anyway back to the point, Lara Jean from the Two All The Boys I’ve Loved Before duology goes through really extensive character development and you can clearly see that towards the end of the two books.
  7. I Knew You Were Trouble- pick a bad character you couldn’t help but love
    I really don’t know… I’m one of those people where if the bad guy is a bad guy, my view won’t change for the entire book. For example, I hated Warner (Shatter Me Series) from the start to the end and I was still on team Adam at the end of the book. Roth in the Dark Elements series was bad for about a book- does he count?
  8. You Belong With Me- pick a book you are highly anticipating
    7 MORE DAYS TIL EVERY LAST BREATH!!!! Wooooo!!! I am highly anticipating this series! I can’t wait! I am also waiting for the last book in the 5th Wave series to come out, as well!
  9. Forever and Always- pick your favorite book couple
    This is too hard!!! At the moment, since I just finished reading the series I am really shipping Ridley and Bryn but my favorite book couple of all time has got to be Will and Tessa.
  10. Come Back, Be Here- pick the book you would least likely let anyone borrow, in fear that it will be returned in a ruined state.
    I have a fair share of “book-borrowing” stories and they do not go down well. I still lend out my books, but my favorite copy of City of Bones was destroyed by one of my best friends and I have been much more careful, nowadays. I would probably never lend out my Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods book because it is too fragile and beautiful and also my Infernal Devices trilogy because of how much it means to me!

That’s all for the tag!!! I hope you enjoyed my answers and I will tag anyone else who wants to do this!   #lovebooks❤

#mythoughtson The New Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices covers!

Hey Guys,

So last week all the new covers for The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices were released and I’m here to talk about my thoughts about these covers. They will, unfortunately, only be available in America :(. I know we are all internally crying but nevertheless I am still writing my thoughts about the covers but I’ll also write my thoughts on the new UK covers. I would love to read your thoughts about the covers in the comments below!

So first of all for all those who don’t know the covers in the photo above are the front covers of The Infernal Devices. Here are the photos of the spines and covers of the Mortal Instruments

Despite my previous post on these covers, where I pretty much full on ranted on about how bad the City of Bones covers was, after seeing the whole set it actually isn’t as bad as I was expecting. Yes, there may be still times where I think it looks to much like fan art but that kind of brings out this authenticity to the the covers. I think out of all the Mortal Instruments covers City of Ashes is might favorite. I also really like the color scheme as it is eye catching and give off this dark mood, which is what the series is like. I much prefer these covers as the old covers seemed really old fashion, especially with the real people on the front. With these covers they are a lot more modernised and eye-catching. I also don’t like the “ABC Family” stickers but I guess we can’t avoid that- for marketing reasons.

I wonder if the covers will be soft or glossy because the covers will look much better on a soft cover as the photo is a mellow drawing and it would look much better soft than reflective- on a glossy cover. A lot of new covers are adopting the spin concept- where when you put all the spines togethqer it will create a beautiful photo and I think that was a great idea to integrate it into these covers. The spines look amazing when placed together, my favorite is the Infernal Devices one as it looks like an abstract art of the Blackfriars Bridge. The Mortal Instruments spine also looks really cool together as each book has a certain character on it.

On to the UK Covers, which look stunning and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. I think I will buy the new UK Covers because they literally look like abstract art that deserves to be on Tumblr. I am so proud of it and I can’t wait to see a real-life copy of the cover. It looks vintage as the abstract art inside each shape on the cover looks like a piece of art in church. I think it was a really smart idea to do the abstract art with angels inside as it is based around angels and is also based on lots of angelic history and the covers really convey the main message of the book. I love how in every corner in the book there is an angelic rune because it keeps the cover uniform. I also love how each cover has it’s own shape- City of Bones is a sun and City of Glass is a rose. It also has a really eye-catching color scheme because the previous covers were really “Old-fashion” and I think with these covers it will definitely attract more readers. I am really happy with the UK covers.

I honestly can’t wait for these covers to come out in September this year. I will definitely be buying the UK ones or maybe the US ones- I can’t choose! I seriously am so excited that they decided to revamp the covers because they seriously needed new blood in this series in order to attract new readers!

I hope you guys like the covers as well!

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