Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1)

Title: Lady Midnight
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Dark Artifices #1
Publication: 8th March 2016 by Margaret K. McElderry Books.
Genre: YA, Fantasy.

Around the World in 52 Books Challenge – A books from the Goodreads Choice Awards 2016.

Synopsis (Goodreads)

In a kingdom by the sea…

In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.

A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?

The darkly magical world of Shadowhunters has captured the imaginations of millions of readers across the globe. Join the adventure in Lady Midnight, the long-awaited first volume of a new trilogy from Cassandra Clare.

My Thoughts

I told my self I wouldn’t do this. I told myself I wouldn’t read another Cassandra Clare book. I told myself I wouldn’t put myself through the disappointment. Then I ending up buying it. I told myself I wouldn’t read it. I told myself it could just sit on my shelf to complete my collection. Then I read it.

I don’t know why I did it. I dislike Cassandra Clare. She blatantly takes things from other people’s books and says they’re inspiration (see my review on The Iron Trial). She is a fan pleaser, and I freaking hate that. Her fan pleasing completely destroys what was good about the books (See review of TMI).

Firstly, this is meant to be a stand alone series. But if you haven’t read any of her other books, don’t read this first. It completely ruins the endings of TID and TMI. I would say all of her books, but I don’t know about The Bane Chronicles, so I would say go ahead and read that before you read this one too.

This book is a whopping 698 pages long. And what happens in those 698 pages? Bugger all. This book is about 400 pages too long. Stuff happens in the first 150 pages and in the pages 450ish -550ish and that’s it. The rest of it is just filler. There’s lots of talking and lots of focus on different characters.

The problem was, there were so many different characters that I didn’t really get attached to any of them. Emma was basically a gender-bend version of Jace, who was sarcastic and made lots of stupid decision like going off without telling her Parabati. She’s confident and a strong female protagonist but I didn’t overly like her. Julian like a mixture of Simon and Clary; family focused, fiercely loyal and with an artistic flare. Marc was a bit more interesting, having returned from the faeries, it was interesting to see his conflict between where his loyalties lied. My favourite character was Cristina because she felt different and there was a bit of mystery there.

What really wound me up about this book was the cameos. Now I know lots of readers would love this but it really got on my nerves. Was there really any need for them to appear? Did they really add anything to the plot other than a constant reminder that they’re there?

One of my saving graces of this book was Emma’s decision at the end. I know what lots of fans reaction will be, and I bet Cassandra will rectify that in later books, but that peaked my interest a bit.

Will I read book 2? I say no. I want to say no. I bet I’ll end up reading it.

My Rating

2-stars

The Coffee Book Tag

I’m personally not a coffee drinker (it sends me way too hyper) I’m an avid tea drinker. Like, 8 cups a day avid. However, I had a lot of fun doing this tag – so thank you Beth at reading every night for tagging me! Go and have a look at her answers by clicking on the link!

The Coffee Book Tag

Black:
A series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans

The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutoski: I have completed the first book (review to come soon) and am halfway through the second. Kestrel isn’t for everyone but I find her very intriguing. The series is insanely popular at the moment.

 


Peppermint mocha:
A book that gets more popular during the winter or a festive time of year

This one threw me off a bit! The only thing I can think of is A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens or The Grinch by Dr Seuss but mainly due to the films rather than because I / others read them at Christmas.

 


Hot chocolate:
A favourite children’s book

 

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Harry Potter by J.K.Rowling: If you know me at all, you will know that I am crazily slightly obsessed with Harry Potter. I began reading it when I was seven and have read the entire series at least five times over. I own a ridiculous healthy amount of merchandise and have been to the Harry Potter Studio Tours twice 😀

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I got to open the doors!


Double shot of espresso:
A book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish

Into the Darkest Corner

Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes: It is just so chilling!

 


Starbucks:
A book you see everywhere

Lady Midnight  by Cassandra Clare: Every bookstore I go into there are loads of her books. There was an entire table covered in just this one i the last Waterstones I entered. I tell myself I won’t read another of hers and yet I can’t help myself. It’s currently sitting on my coffee table ready to be read (It’s ridiculously big!).

 


That hipster coffee shop:
A book by an indie author (a shoutout)

Riyria books by Michael J. Sullivan: A sarcastic theif/former assassin and an idelistic mercenary/brilliant swordman join forces. The results are amazing!

 


Oops! I accidentally got decaf:
A book you were expecting more from

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare: I invested so much into The Mortal Instruments series and this final one was ultimately just a fan pleaser.

 


The perfect blend:
A book or series that was both bitter and sweet, but ultimately satisfying

The Magicians' Guild (Black Magician, #1)

The Black Magician Series by Trudi Canavan: Just could not put them down!

 


Green tea:
A book or series that is quietly beautiful

One by Sarah Crossan: I read this over the summer and it was an instant 5*. Definitely under appreciated.

 


Chai tea:
A book or series that makes you dream of far off places

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss: I love this book so much. The library just sounds amazing.

 


Earl grey:
A favourite classic

Alice

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll: I own the beautify copy above by the Folio Society. Another thing that I also own a huge amount of merchandise for – mainly cups.

 


Who do you tag?

The Book Llama

Amberinoface

AloofBook

Read.Run.Study

ABookishFetish

Sherlockianbooklover

If there’s anyone else out there who wants to take part, consider yourself tagged. Just send me a link to your post in the comments so I can see what your answers are.