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Whoops it's been a long time and I haven't posted. Life has taken over. Oops. Well I really need to vent about Lady Midnight and get my feelings out before I see other reviews and they influence my ideas so here we go! SPOILERS AHEAD.
Rating: ✮ ✮ ✮ ✮ ✮
Primary Feelings: This novel. It was so amazing and I cried reading the last 200+ pages straight through last night (of course nothing can beat when I read the last 400 pages of COHF until the wee hours of the morning). Last night I sat down and decided to finish this book and that I did. Cassandra Clare did it again, she wrote another novel that I love so, so much and cannot wait for the next installment (April 2017)!
Characters: I love the characters so much in this story. Emma and Julian are so great and I've loved them ever since Cassie first announced them years ago. I loved seeing the two of them grow so much in the years since COHF and how much they have grown in this story. Emma is my spirit animal, I love her. Julian is another bae to add to my collection. And the others! Mark! Oh Mark, I'm so glad he had such a big part in this novel. I loved Ty as well the rest of the Blackthorns were meh. Christina was also just kinda there for me. And Kit (*cough*ChristopherHerondale*cough*)! I love him already. And I really love how she integrated all the other characters into it...Oh Jem! And Church! And everybody else oh my gawd.
Ships: Ugh my heart was killed so many times in this novel. Emma and Julian were killing me the entire time and then they kissed and slept together and omg I thought they were going to be together, but not and ugh, can't they stop being so stupid! And at the end oh my god Emma stop, just tell him! He's going to find out anyway, ugh I need my Blackstairs, or Jemma, or whatever you call it. To throw it out there I still ship Kierran and Mark and refuse to ship Mark and Christina. I do feel bad for him though. And KITTY omg I love that ship and I can't wait for the next book to see where it goes! And Sizzy and the Malec and the Clace, someone help me.
Plot Discussion: I don't even know what I'm writing here, I'm just going to talk about points that jumped out to me. In the beginning I caught it! That was Jem and Tessa walking in the Shadow Market! Emma's strained relationship with Julian hurt me so much in the beginning. They just needed to be together. I didn't really like Diana, I thought something was fishy with her...and it was. I loved Mark coming back and helping them investigate the murders, like yay! Maybe now they can get Helen back too. Thanks Cassie for trolling us with no Alec in the book until the very end (like seriously she mentioned him so much but he was never around). I really enjoyed the overall plotline, I love a good mystery and I still always thought that the Guardian was going to be some unknown not Malcolm! I never suspected him, I suspected Diana more than him! I was so astonished! And then, when he stole Tavvy no like please no. I don't care how bad of person you are you don't kidnap and murder children (I know Sebby did but he didn't mean to kill Max, it was an accident, he was just trying to knock him out). I'm actually really surprised no one died or anything in the end cause I totally thought someone would or something bad would happen. Except for the whole Emma trying to break Julian's heart thing everything was okay. I love how Jem and Tessa were led to Kit in the very end, he was a herondale! I never, never, suspected that! I just thought he had the sight, nonetheless be a Herondale! Another one! I remember that line from Shadowhunter Academy about all the Herondales. And Mark is staying! Yay! I'm so glad that he did.
Predictions and Unanswered Questions: My main prediction is...does Julian have cancer? We all know his mother died of bone cancer and what I'm wondering is does Julian have that too? Because in the beginning Malcolm asks how Julian's feeling and if he has told Emma yet. Of course he hadn't and yeah, some people might thing that was about his feelings for her or about him running the institute (which wasn't really a surprise to me tbh) but something still seems off and I can totally see this turning into a Jem thing all over again.
Second prediction: Will Jules turn evil? Obviously, he wants Emma and Emma wants him. Their bond is so strong their runes are like magic. I don't think he's ever going to stop loving Emma and Emma isn't going to stop loving him. I feel like he's going to go mad with power and become evil...could be completely wrong but hey, its a prediction.
A Long Conversation: I could honestly probably write an entire review on this short story but I'll add it in here because it was inside Lady Midnight. This story! I've been so excited to read it since I found out it was in the back of the book! And when I finished LM at 2am in the morning I read this. Oh my feels this entire story...everyone got their happy ending! Malec is happy with two kids, Sizzy is getting married and Clace is happy living together and running the Institute....the only thing...Clace isn't engaged, you'd think they would be the first ones (after Malec of course) wouldn't you? What I'm thinking....Clary doesn't want to get married. Every time marriage was discussed to her in that story or something about her and Jace getting engaged she seemed odd about it. Wouldn't you want to marry the person you love most in your life? She says "She dreads" telling Jace her answer about if she'll marry him...probably a no then. She even mentioned earlier when Izzy asked her about when they were gonna get married Clary couldn't hide her feelings and Izzy was puzzled about the look on her face, obviously not the look that someone who wants to marry the love of their life should have. Why doesn't Clary want to get married? I can't believe that she doesn't want to because she doesn't love Jace because I know she does with everything she has. I don't even understand why she wouldn't want to. But I'm afraid she'll tell Jace no and he'll take it the wrong way and something bad will happen. I'm so scared that Cassie is going to murder Clace in the series they are only it in ten pages a book.
Thanks for reading my review! What are your thoughts? Comment blow!
Even though I should be reading and working on book reviews, I'm gonna do this tag. In the spirit of Lady Midnight's release on Tuesday (and also the release party I'm going to!) I wanted to do something Shadowhunters related...and this is it! The original video can be found here.
1. Favourite main character: Clary or Tessa?
In all honesty, I think it would have to be Clary. Since I started with TMI first I fell in love with Clary first and she'll always be my favourite. There was actually a time in TDI that I didn't like Tessa but I love her now.
2. Favourite Herondale: Jace or Will?
Do I even need to think about this? Jace. Jace is my bae. I love him so much. He was one of the first fictional characters that I fell completely in love with. I love him so much. Don't get me wrong, I love Will as well but Jace <3
3. Favourite love triangle: Simon/Clary/Jace or Will/Tessa/Jem?
Will/Tessa/Jem. Cause I really hated the Simon/Clary/Jace one because Clace was otp and Climon was, and always will be, notp so I really felt nothing during Climon scenes except frustration. The Wessa/Jessa (JESSA FTW) triangle gave me so many feels. I couldn't even choose who I wanted her to be with for like the first book. And then I chose Jem and just so many feels!
4. Better Villain: Sebastian or the Magister?
Sebastian, obviously. I love Sebby's build up and the Magister...I barely even remember him.
5. Better army: The Dark Army or The Clockwork Army?
The Dark Army, basically for the same reason as the question above. I barely even remember the Clockwork Army. And Sebby is leading the Dark Army. That too. I just think that TID didn't stick with my as much as TMI did.
6. Better First Book: City of Bones or Clockwork Angel?
City of Bones, obviously. TMI is one of my favorite series of all time. I loved the first book so much I think I read it it only a couple of days. It was a rollercoaster of feels the entire time. Clockwork Angel, yeah I enjoyed it immensely, but I enjoyed CoB a lot more.
7. Better Female Sidekick: Isabelle Lightwood or Cecily Herondale?
Isabelle Lightwood because no one can beat Izzy. She's kickass and amazing and I love her so much. And Cecily...she's in it for like two seconds compared to everyone else and I don't know. I don't dislike her, I like Cecily but I can't even compare her to Izzy.
8. Better Setting: The New York Institute or The London Institute?
I think I actually have to say the London Institute just because I love London and England so much and NY seems so boring in comparison.
9. Better Last Book: City of Heavenly Fire or Clockwork Princess?
City of Heavenly Fire. Just...it was one of the most amazing books I have ever read in the world. I loved CP2, so, so much but it doesn't even compare to COHF.
10. Better Final Epilogue: City of Heavenly Fire or Clockwork Princess?
Before COHF came out, CP2's epilogue was my favorite thing in the world because JESSA. I just...it was so perfect and I was screaming. Then COHF happened (and 500 pages in one night. Oops.) And the wedding. And Jem was there. Jace is a Herondale. He plays the piano. Tessa and Clary talk. Jem steals Church. It was the greatest ending to anything I could ever imagine. It will always be my favorite.
That's the end of this tag! Thanks for reading! But I'm not done talking! The Lady Midnight release party is happening at the Grove in LA. And I'm going! I didn't realize how big of thing it was going to be! Cassie is going to be there, signing books. And like everybody from the tv show except Alberto and Matt (sadly). It's going to be amazing and I'm so excited. And I'll definitely blog about it here!
I have just finished cooking some glasses of pear-whisky-jam, as part of the presents for the family, and I fear that I have inhaled a bit too much of its vapor, because now I feel quite intoxicated.
Great, it's not yet noon around here, and I'm drunk.
I guess I'd better wait with preparing S.O.'s birthday cake until I'm sober again.
As some of you might remember, we moved in February, and after renovating, moving in, unpacking all of the boxes and starting to feel at home, we decided to take care of the garden.
It was in quite a messy condition: Our landlord, who lives on the second floor of the house, is an old bachelor and neglected it for some years. So there was a lot to do, and I started by getting rid of all the ivy that was already climbing up the walls of the house.
When I had worked my way to the area close to our terrace door and realized what I just had found, I backed off in shock and literally fell on my back. What I had dug out from under the ivy were two gravestones, leaning against the wall of the house, battered and stained and with visible but barely readable inscriptions. One of them even had a skull and bones carved into it.
So I sat there on the lawn, and the adrenaline made my head spin. My mind was constantly alternating between two thoughts: “OMG! OMG! Is there a section for exorcism in the yellow pages?” and “OMG! OMG! How cool is that?!”
You can easily see how confused I was by the amount of “OMG” that filled my head.
Later, when my SO was home, we went to see the landlord, and he told us the story of the gravestones (there are actually three; one of them is part of the basement wall):
Once there was a church from the eleventh century located on a hillside not far from here. About 260 years ago, heavy rains and floodwaters washed away parts of the hill, and the church and the gravestones on the surrounding graveyard were swept away, shattered all over the hillside and the foot of the hill.
When it became clear that the church would not be rebuilt, the people in the neighborhood, practical as they were, found other usages for the stones by employing them in their own construction projects. And so did one of the landlord's ancestors: He built a shed, which stood on the property until a few decades ago. By then it was so derelict that our landlord decided to knock it down and build a car port instead. The old stones were used for a garden wall and decorative purposes, particularly for a small rock garden. When he discovered the two gravestones among them, he did not know what to do with them, and so just leaned them against the wall of the house and, as time went by, completely forgot about them.
I am glad that we got this explanation, and I feel so relieved that there never have been any actual graves on the property, which was a deeply unsettling thought.
There are only the gravestones, and none of the dead would worry about where their stones are now, right?