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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#tagtime: Secret Life Of A Book Blogger Tag!

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Hiya!

Sorry for not posting as much as I normally would, I’ve been a bit busy and so I haven’t had much of a chance to sit down to do something I absolutely love: Blogging❤! I don’t really do tags that often but on the topic of blogging, I decided to the secret life of a book blogger tag! I got this tag over at the amazing blog over at Rattle The Pages (Hi, Cyra!!)! I hope you find yourself agreeing to some of these and here is just a little insight into my life as a blogger! Comment below if you have any answers to these questions! I would love to see them!

how long have you been blogging?

You know what, I’ve actually been blogging for about a year and a half but it honestly doesn’t feel like that! The year has gone by so quickly and with all the new tips and tricks I’m learning along the way it only feels like I’ve been blogging for about five months!

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at what point do you think you’ll stop blogging?

This actually scares me so much, my blog has actually grown into something I love! Knowing that one day, I’ll grow up and forget about this seems scary and unreal. I’ve met so many people and friends through this and to think that one day I’ll just leave this community scares me. So, like Jace once said, “Some things are too unlikely to dwell upon,”

what is the best thing about blogging?

Does everything count as an answer? Hahaha, jks. One of the best things about blogging is the amazing community (this sounds so cheesy) but honestly, the amount of super nice bloggers out there who actually take the time to interact with me, comment and chat with me is unreal! It honestly makes my day so much brighter!

what is the worst thing about blogging? what do you do to make it okay?

I don’t know what to say but there is one little thing that I find slightly annoying- the formatting. It takes so long, I remember when I first moved to this new layout and it honestly took me two days or so to get into the swing of things, finding design inspirations, searching for how-tos and setting up the move from my old website to this new one. The formatting is hard to get right and there is so much trial and error. One thing that I do to make it more tolerable is by thinking ahead. If I think to myself that when I finish this my blog will look amazing, I’ll be a lot more motivated.

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how long does it take you to create/find pictures to use?

Well, I try to use all of my own photos and I try to edit them myself because it gives a much more personal look to my blog and not only that but I would hate to get caught out on copyright issues. Normally, I have photo shoots on the weekends and reuse them later on in the week for various things, such as my blog and Instagram. Then, I’ll edit them and add text and banners for my blog on website platforms like Picmonkey and Fotor. So for all the photos on one post, it’ll take me about five to ten minutes (not including photo shoot time).

who is your book crush?

This question… well, if you want me to list  hundreds  I mean a few book crushes I have here are some of them: Will Herondale, Jace Herondale (Yes, I love both of my Herondales #sorrynotsorry 🙂 ) and DAEMON!!!

what author would you love to have on your blog?

Hands down, Cassandra Clare! I actually want her on my blog one day! I’m going to meet her and get her to sign my twelve books written by her. (okay, maybe that is a bit too excessive)

what do you wear when you write your blog posts?

I don’t really have a definite answer as I’m one of those bloggers who will find any little space in my day to squeeze in a little blogging. However, I am currently wearing my pyjamas, which are just a t-shirt and pyjama shorts and I guess I wear them a lot. So, pyjamas are my answer!

how long does it take you to prepare?

Who would have known that a blog post can take three whole days to post? Sometimes, when I’m really motivated and it’s a pretty short post, like this one. It’ll take me about thirty to forty-five minutes. However, for reviews where I really have to compile everything and double edit my review, it’ll take me about forty minutes to an hour and usually about five to ten minutes for formatting the next day.

how do you feel about the book blogging community and nature?

I LOVE IT! Like I’ve mentioned before everyone on here is so nice to me and it takes me by surprise all the time! I get so many kind words and I feel like I can never give enough back! I’m so lucky because to me the book blogging community is like my second batch of friends.

what do you think one should do to get a successful blog?

The golden question- I think if someone found the answer to immediately creating a successful blog- they would be swamped with questions. For now, I think one of my main tips is to get out there and like, comment and chat with other bloggers. It’s one of the only ways to put yourself out there in the community- I mean, how else would they find you? Don’t be afraid to say hi or to compliment other bloggers because they love it just as much as you would!

 

So, what do you think? Comment below if you found yourself agreeing to any of these
or if you want to share a bit about your secret life as a book blogger!

who do i tag?

If anyone else wants to do this tag feel free to post it! I would love to see your answers! Here are some of my nominees:
Kristen @simplybookishthings
Emily @foreverliterary
Rae @loquaciousbibliophile
Maha @yourunicornreads
Denise @bibliolater

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Book News- 26/04/15

Hey Guys,

Lot’s of exciting things have happened this week but I think the most exciting thing that happened this week was the fact that Dom Sherwood was casted as Jace!!!! Also, Whitechapel Fiend came out and I recently read that! It has Clary, Jace, Simon and Will and Tessa, which is extremely exciting because we rarely see the characters from The Infernal Devices working with The Mortal Instruments characters.

For The Selection fans, you may be excited to hear that it is officially been picked up by Warner Bros. and is being made into a movie. We all remembered when The Selection Pilot came out and it failed. Hopefully, this one will be much better. Honestly, The Selection wasn’t my favorite series and I am not as excited.

The first official trailer for The Scorch Trials movie came out and there is Dylan O’brien in it :). It was released at Cinemacon, which was where the Paper Towns movie crew and cast attended this past week.

That’s all this week on Book News.

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#mythoughts… Casting for Jace- The Mortal Instruments TV Show

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Hiya!

I am not sure about you guys but this morning I woke up to a spam of Dom Sherwood on my Instagram. At first I had not clue and I was like, “Why in the world is Christian Ozera clogging up my feed?”. Until I discovered, that he is, in fact, the new Jace for the Mortal Instruments TV Show! What? Let’s talk about that…

First of all, I am kind of disappointed (please don’t be mad 🙂 ). Dom Sherwood, to me, reminds me too much of Christian Ozera from Vampire Academy as he previously portrayed this character in the film. Don’t get me wrong, he was an amazing Christian but as a Jace- eh…not really.

He originally has a vampire vibe and now that he is Jace I don’t think I can scrub off that picture. Maybe, he will be a really good Jace but at the moment I am not getting my hopes up. I don’t think you can really cast a perfect Jace. If you have a look at the IF List for the Tv Show, out of all the fan casted actors I definitely would have chosen Dom Sherwood. I think I am looking into it too much, I think it will be a fairly good show!

As for the other cast members, I think Lily Collins was a great Clary but I know they aren’t going to re-cast her. If I couldn’t chose Lily Collins, I think Holland Roden would be a pretty good Clary Fray. She has red hair and that girly but feminine vibe. Robert Sheehan was also a really good Simon Lewis but for the TV Show I think Nat Wolff or Dylan O’brien would be a great Simon. I know this is out of the whim but I think Douglas Booth could be an amazing Will!

About the actual layout of the TV Show, I am so glad! If you didn’t know, each book will get a season (So, like 6 seasons in total) and the first episode will be called “The Mortal Cup”! What a great name? 🙂 It is going to be directed by MCG, who has done every single good teen TV Show and Movie, such as, Supernatural, The Duff and Charlie’s Angels. Ed Decter will be running the series and I just discovered he wrote The Lizzie Mcguire Movie (#throwbacktotheearly2000s)!

This is all I have to say so far about the TV Show. I am super pumped and I can’t wait to watch it!!! I am getting more and more excited by the minute! More #mythoughts will come as the cast members are announced. Tell me, in the comments. what you think about Dom Sherwood as Jace and tell me who you fancast for the other characters:

#lovebooks❤