Monday, April 4, 2016

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Title: Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Released March 11, 2016
Bought on Kindle
Rating: 4.5/5


It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.

Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…

Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?


The only reason why I didn't give a full 5 stars is because of the rather slow beginning, but once things started to pick up, the pace continued to quicken.

It took me a while to get all the kids' names in order in my head, but I got it down eventually!

Now, this may be a bit of a spoiler, but typical to Clare's Shadowhunter books, there is some forbidden love going on. I really felt that tug on my heartstrings in those scenes between Julian and Emma. I actually didn't start really feeling it until Emma began reciprocating Julian's feelings. After that ending,I'm really looking forward to seeing how this relationship wll work out, assuming we'll get a Happy Ending.

As far as the story, it was a nice mystery. A different vibe I think from Clare's other books. I was honestly not expecting the person revealed to be the "villian." While TID will always live in my heart as my fave Shadowhunter series, this was definitely a nice addition, and I didn't mind how long the book was. Finally, it was nice to see some appearances from our old friends in TMI and TID.
Friday, April 1, 2016

April TBR

'Sup guys! Apologies for not posting more Spotlight Fridays - I will probably be posting them again in May. My semester is just too crazy right now.

I only read one book last month since just about the entire second half of the month was spent reading Lady Midnight, which I still have yet to finish:

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Last month was crazy busy after I came home from Disney World. I also got addicted to a video game called Stardew Valley which is very similar to Harvest Moon if you are familiar with those games. Don't play that unless you are willing to let it devour your life for hours, which was another reason why I only finished one book last month. This month I will most likely not pick up the pace with reading until the third week of April when interviews and project due dates are past. Anyway, here is my TBR for April:

1. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Claire - Like I mentioned above, I started this one last month and I am about 80% done according to my Kindle, so not much more to go! It's really great so far and I'm looking forward to reviewing it for you guys.

2. The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski - Now, you guys know how much I adored The Winner's Crime. Like, that book destroyed my feelings. I preordered the book and got it in the mail a couple days ago. It's just sitting there on my nightstand waiting for me to devour its pages. The thing is, I want to reread the first two books so I can experience maximum feels on this one.

3. Vicious by V.E. Schwab - Once again this is on my TBR, but I really don't think I'm going to get to this one again, especially since I plan to reread the first two books of The Winner's Trilogy. If I do get all those books done, then I'll finally pick this guy up.
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