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review 2017-06-20 12:00
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices) - Cassandra Clare

These books make me feel old (not that I'm really that old), but I first started reading Cassandra Clare books 7 years ago. Honestly, if an author has kept me reading their books for that long there has to be something good about their books. I don't know if it's because I'm super sentimental or what, but I love these shadowhunter books.

 

This world always manages to drag me in. It's probably because it has just about all the supernatural creatures you could ever possibly imagine and want all in one and I'm a sucker for supernatural books. Especially well written supernatural books. I'm all for the author's writing, mainly because I actually laugh out loud while reading. Ok maybe it's more of a snicker, but still. I have way more emotions from this book than I've had reading many other books. 

 

 I really enjoyed the whole cast of characters, even if I would get some of them confused. It took me forever to stop getting Ty and Tavvy confused. Tavvy didn't really have any really distinguishing qualities, except for the fact that he was the youngest. Dru and Livvy also weren't that distinguishable, but I didn't really get them mixed up (probably because their names were so different). I wish that those characters were more developed throughout the story. Since they weren't developed it almost felt like there were too many characters, especially for someone that isn't familiar with the series. There were many name drops and guest appearances by characters from other series that would not make sense if the reader hadn't read any of the other books. While I did enjoy seeing some of my old favorite characters, it kind of felt unnecessary. 

 

I did really love the main cast of characters, specifically Julian, Emma, and Mark. Julian is so precious and I loved how fiercely he loves his family. Emma was badass, but also had a soft side and she felt like a real person. Especially since she was dealing with the loss of her parents, while also trying to navigate her feelings. I also really enjoyed Mark's character, but I don't really want to spoil too much, so I'll leave it at that.

 

The romance was something that I enjoyed, but was also frustrated with. As much as I love Emma and Julian, I didn't understand why they couldn't always be truthful with each other. The ending was something that didn't really make a whole lot of sense to me. I feel like they could have worked it out some how and it was unnecessarily painful. I did like the build up of their romance though. It was sweet and it didn't feel like insta love because they had been friends since they were children.  

 

I definitely enjoyed this book. I couldn't put it down most of the time and I really loved being able to return to the shadowhunter world I've loved so much. I'll definitely be going out to get the next one very soon!

 

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review 2017-04-30 18:25
#28 - Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices) - Cassandra Clare

I finally decided to read this book. I quite enjoyed reading The Mortal Instruments and I really liked The Infernal Devices. This is the first book in The Dark Artifices series, which I think, I will enjoy as well.

 

The first installement was a great introduction to Emma and Julian's world. As we already know a lot about Shadowhunters by now, there were less world building than in The Mortal Instruments, but there were some little indications saying who was Clary and Jace, or Magnus for example. We also get to meet Jem and Tessa (which was amazing!) and we meet a lot of new characters. If you have read The Mortal Instruments, you already know the Blackthorns. But in this book, we got to really meet them and I think all of them are incredible. They are really different characters, not too complex, but they still surprise you sometimes. 

 

The plot was simple and full of tropes we know from other shadowhunters stories or from YA books in general (impossible love...). However, it was not a problem for me, I'm not yet bored of it :)

 

I'm not sure if what I've just written made sense, I'm really tired and I need to catch my train. In brief, I liked the book, I'm going to continue on with the series, but I'm not sure it will be my favourite Cassandra Clare's series.

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text 2017-04-19 18:21
Reading progress update: I've read 112 out of 688 pages.
Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices) - Cassandra Clare

No dice roll for me today, I'm still reading Lady Midnight. It is great (and kind of massive).

 

If you are looking for me, I'll be reading.

 

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text 2017-04-07 15:02
The Lady Meets Her Match By Gina Conkle $1.99
The Lady Meets Her Match (Midnight Meetings) - Gina Conkle

Cyrus Ryland didn't become England's wealthiest bachelor by being a pushover, but the mysterious beauty he discovers sneaking around at his grand ball enflames his curiosity. When the clock chimes midnight and she's nowhere to be found, Cyrus vows to scour all of London to uncover who she is. Little does he know that not only does Claire Mayhew not want to be found, but she wants nothing to do with him at all

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review 2016-08-18 17:54
Review: Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare
Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices) - Cassandra Clare

Such a strong, intriguing start to a new series, with fun, likable, sympathetic characters. The L.A. setting keeps things new and interesting, exciting. And Clare just gets stronger and stronger as a writer; the series' staples humor and adventure are here in abundance.

 

So, what didn't I like? It's way too long. It almost seems like two books slapped together, the romance one, the story the other; there were long periods when I'd think to myself, "We-we're gonna get back to the plot soon, yes?" Not that I disliked the romance! Hey, I was rooting for it. There was just so much, and it made the book so long, it seemed to drag.

 

It was a good start to the new series, though, even if it could have been made a bit stronger by some better editing. Can't wait to read Lord of Shadows!

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