Review: ‘Lady Midnight’ by Cassandra Clare – Emma and Julian have to fight against a new threat

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Format: e-book, paperback, hard cover
Format read: e-book
Series: book 1 of The Dark Artifices series
Rating: 14+ sensual content, graphic scenes
Genre: Young Adult
Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25494343-lady-midnight?from_search=true

Before we get started with this, just want to give fair warning. There are minor spoilers for the series but if you have read all the books, then it won’t be. The things I hint at are fairly obvious (especially if you read The Shadowhunter Academy and City of Heavenly Fire). With that said, let’s dive in.
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The world of Shadowhunters is not yet over and it doesn’t look like it’s going to be over for a long time. In the first book of the spin-off series, The Dark Artifices, we follow the story of two characters that we met at the end of the sixth Mortal Instruments book, Julian and Emma. At the time they were 12 years old, but you could already see a budding story forming between the two of them.

Flash foward seven years. The pair are now 19 years old and in charge of running the Institute. Julian has more responsibility then a young man should have had and the pressure weighs heavily on him. He counts on Emma, his parabatai, to help alleviate some of the pressure, but as a new threat introduces itself, he finds that being around Emma only makes it worse.

The Shadowhunters growing up basically reciting, The Law is tough, but it is the Law. The hardest rule that he has had to follow is not falling in love with his parabatai. Being a Shadowhunter fan, I knew this rule since the beginning of the series but I could never fully understand why. Why does it matter if you romantically love them? Wouldn’t that make you better, stronger? This book finally dives into the problems that stem from falling in love with your parabatai as it looks like it’s the center of the new threat.

Julian Blackthorn is quickly becoming one of my favorite characters in the series. I relate to him on a lot of levels (in regards to having to grow up before being ready and being the one that has to be strong for everyone, despite). Julian is a romantic at heart but struggles with his feelings for Emma while trying to do right by his family. Emma causes him to be reckless and I love to see those moments that he throws caution to the wind and acts like a teenager. Young love gives hope and them together brings a lot of hope (along with heartbreak) with it.

Of course it wouldn’t be an epic story without an epic love story. And this one between Emma and Julian? Yeah WAY more epic than Jace and Clary. Don’t get me wrong, they had a lot of obstacles and what not, but this whole thing with Emma and Julian, there are literally no words to describe how beautiful their love is. It’s what young love is supposed to give you, hope that the world is not as messed up as you know it to be. And that scene on the beach? The best scene between the two of them. When you read it, you will know why.
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Now it wouldn’t be a Shadowhunter series without something catastrophic about to happen. In this book, it involves a string of murders that are linked to Emma’s parents’ death. Of course, she is going to want to find out the truth and she quickly sees that it’s bigger than she imagined it. The plot is going to twist, people are going to get betrayed, lines will be crossed. The question will remain who will be there at the end and what side they are going to be on.

The ending? Oh my God. There are no words to describe the ending. And I’m not even talking about the climax. Oh no. I am talking about those three chapters after the ending. The part where all my hopes and dreams go right down the tubes and in a way that I just can’t swallow. I know that it’s going to be tough to come back from the ending and I just hope that when the whole series is done, that it turns out the way that I want it to.
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I love how in depth that this whole Shadowhunter story has become. There has been a lot of successful series that have come from the original Mortal Instruments. I thought when we got to City of Heavenly Fire we finally got to a place where we could be like ‘ok I’m good now’. But no, this book begins a whole new can of worms and I can’t wait to see where Clare takes us.

Clare’s world is often compared to the kind of world that JK Rowling created with Harry Potter. Unlike that world, she didn’t get the same kind of success with the movies, but she is finding success with the show Shadowhunters on ABC Freeform. For me, the stories are different but they are the same. They both involve so many different levels and while it is a story of fantasy and fiction, it is plausible enough to be true. For me, this is the perfect find of fantasy I like to read because when I want to escape, I want to escape into a world that CAN happen, not into a world that is nonexistent.

Rating: A

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What do you think of the book?

Book of the Week – ‘Lady Midnight’ by Cassandra Clare

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In the first book of a new spin-off from The Mortal Instruments, we move 5 years from where that series ended. This time we jump into the Blackthorn family and Julian and Emma. They have agreed to be parabatai even though Julian has had a crush on Emma their whole lives. They now go through training to be a Shadowhunter. When Julian’s brother, Mark, comes back from the faeries he has no memory of them and they have to decide if whether or not they can trust him.

This is one of the most anticipated books of the year (at least for me) ever since Clare announced that she was doing another spin-off series. I have gone back and forth with wanting to wait until the whole series is out before reading, but I don’t know if I have the willpower. The series are so in depth and the world is so consuming, that it’s hard to wait. This series is quickly becoming a world like Harry Potter where you want to jump into it and live there forever.

To buy the book, you can go to one of the sites below.

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

iBooks

Kobo

Are you going to buy the book?

 

Top 5 books coming out in May

 

sinful love

#5 – Sinful Love by Lauren Blakely

Out: 3/29

In the next book of the series, we follow Michael Sloane as he has to open up to the idea of not only admitting he has emotions, but also to the idea of love. He is faced with ghosts from his past that he must confront whether or not he wants to.

The series is a quick but fun read. It has a different couple in each book so you don’t have to worry about waiting for all the books to come out before reading the series (because that’s how I work with some series). While some of the story can be considered ‘cookie-cutter’ I enjoy seeing where the story and Blakely is able to create characters that you just can’t help but root for.

where lightning strikes

#4 – Where Lightning Strikes by AL Jackson

Out: 3/22

In the next book of the series, we follow Tamar King who thought that she was safe inside her own world, until she met Lyrik and he turned her whole world upside down. He forces her to come back to reality and makes her see that sometimes real life can be better than the one you dream up in your head.

The Bleeding Stars series is a series that you can’t help but fall in love with right from the beginning. It does follow a new couple with each book so it helps with following the series. The first two books (and will likely happen in this book) has a lot of passion and romance that mike make you blush if you are in public so be aware.

the great hunt

#3 – The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins

Out: 3/8

In the first book of a new series, we get adventure, love, and twists and turns around every corner. The story is certainly going to grab you right from the beginning and not let you go until the final book comes out.

I started reading Higgins after a friend recommended reading her last series. I was hesitant at first because I wasn’t sure I would like the paranormal, but I was hooked after one chapter. I became invested with the series and Higgins quickly became that one-click buy author for me. This book is going to be exciting and we know that she can successful write a paranormal series that everyone can love.

walk the edge

#2 – Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry

Out: 3/29

In the next book of the series, we follow Razor as he struggles with his commitment to the Reign of Terror motorcycle club and his commitment to his friends. He knows that Breanna is not good enough for him but when she needs him, he will stop at nothing to make sure that she is safe.

McGarry’s stories are ones that hold you and never let you go. You know that some stuff is going to happen because that is life, but you know that in the end everything will be ok (even if you don’t like it). What I love the most about her books, is that they are the types of books that you will be reading at night and say ‘ok one more chapter’ ten times in a row. They are the ones that sneak up on you and you can’t help but want to read it all in one day.

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#1 – Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Out: 3/8

In the first book of a new spin-off from The Mortal Instruments, we move 5 years from where that series ended. This time we jump into the Blackthorn family and Julian and Emma. They have agreed to be parabatai even though Julian has had a crush on Emma their whole lives. They now go through training to be a Shadowhunter. When Julian’s brother, Mark, comes back from the faeries he has no memory of them and they have to decide if whether or not they can trust him.

This is one of the most anticipated books of the year (at least for me) ever since Clare announced that she was doing another spin-off series. I have gone back and forth with wanting to wait until the whole series is out before reading, but I don’t know if I have the willpower. The series are so in depth and the world is so consuming, that it’s hard to wait. This series is quickly becoming a world like Harry Potter where you want to jump into it and live there forever.

What book are you most excited to read this month?

Cassandra Clare announces book schedule

With the release of the final book in the Mortal Instruments series, City of Heavenly Fire, set to come out next month, fans have been wondering what will be next for this author. Through her blog and Twitter page

As we know, she has already announced two new book series that she is working on, The Last Hours (the sequel to Infernal Devices) and Magisterium (she is co-writing this series with Holly Black about life outside the Shadow Hunter world.

The schedule, which can be seen below, starts after City of Heavenly Fire and brings us through 2020 with the schedule. By the looks of it, we can expect at least one new book from her a year. Also in the schedule, is the new Shadow Hunter series she is writing called The Wicked Powers. As of now, she has stated this will be the last Shadow Hunter series, but we know that she has changed her mind in the past.

Clare book schedule
Magisterium #1: The Iron Trial – September 9th 2014

The Dark Artifices #1: Lady Midnight – March 2015

Magisterium #2- 2015

The Dark Artifices #2: Prince of Shadows – 2016

The Last Hours #1 – Chain of Thorns late 2016/early 2017

Magisterium #3 – 2016

The Last Hours #2 – Chain of Gold 2018

Magisterium #4 – 2017

The Dark Artificies #3: The Queen of Air and Darkness – 2017

Magisterium #5 – 2018

The Last Hours #3: Chain of Iron – 2020

There is no schedule yet for The Wicked Powers as it has just been announced and considering the full load she has now, it’s understandable. Clare has stated that this series will follow the Blackthorn family (which is a family from The Dark Artifices) and take place three years after TDA ends.

What do you think of Cassanda Clare’s schedule?

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A new Shadowhunter trilogy to be released

Today, Cassandra Clare has announced through her Twitter page that she is working on a new trilogy for her Shadowhunter fans. This is good news for fans that have liked The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices as both series are either finished or will be finishing soon.

Clare Tweeted about the announcement of Walker Books buying the new series which was already rumored to be true on Goodreads.

The new trilogy, called The Last Hours, will follow Will’s and Tessa’s children, James and Lucie and a few others in 1903 as the fight against the demons in an Edwardian time. Clare explains that the inspirations for the new series comes from Charles Dickenson’s The Great Expectations.

Some other key points to pull from the posting is that there is going to be three books: Chain of Thorns, Chain of Gold, and Chain of Iron. She has no schedule set for the books, but considering that she has this much information set, I wouldn’t be surprised if she has at least a rough draft for Chain of Thorns done.

You can read the full excerpt, you can go here.

Clare has a busy schedule ahead of her. Including this new series, she will be releasing nine books in the next few years, which include the final book in The Mortal Instruments, City of Heavenly Fire, and introductions into three new series: Magisterium, The Last Hours, and The Dark ArtificesThe Iron Trial, the first book in the Magisterium series, is set to come out September 14th, while Chain of Thorns (first book in The Last Hours) and Lady Midnight (first book in The Dark Artifices) have a 2015 publication date.

What do you think of the new series?

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