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Review: Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices) - Cassandra Clare

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?

 

 

 

Okay, where to start other than saying I loved the book? If you have not read any of the previous books in the Shadowhunters world and don’t want to be spoiled I recommend to you read them first. Plus some things will make more sense if you read them.

I must admit while I have read and loved The Infernal Devices Trilogy I have only read the first three books in The Mortal Instruments which I also enjoyed but yet have to read the last three books. But thanks to the internet I know how it all ends, so I decided to finally start Lady Midnight which I had sitting on my shelve for some time now.

Now to Lady Midnight. I loved this book and I think it is my favorite book in the shadowhunters word I’ve read so far. Though The Infernal Devices are a close second.

In this book we meet the Blackthrons and Emma Carstairs. I really enjoyed them all. Julian seems all broody but really he has a soft heart and once you get to know it all it all makes sense. He has a lot to carry on his shoulders. Mark, I was not really sure for some time where he stands but I did like him a lot. I also enjoyed all the other kids in the family each had their own quirks and strengths. I look forward getting them to know more about them.

The Blackthorns are not having it easy, not at all.  It seems at first all is going smooth but the deeper we go in the more we see the flaws and the struggle, which made me love them even more.  With them comes Emma who lost her parents in the dark war and now lives with the Blackthorns and is also  Julian’s parabatai which comes with its own little difficulties as she is also in love with him. But as we know it is forbidden for parabatais to be lovers. "The Law is hard, but it is the Law."

We also meet Christina and Perfect Diego, both I liked very much and can’t wait to see more of. It would not be complete without some fair fold and a warlock both are pretty important as always to the story and both are scary, yet exciting to read.

We also get to see some people we met and loved in both The Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments. Which was so great and written into this story perfectly. It was great to see them but even better to see them happy.

This book was a total emotional roller coaster ride and nonstop action. Plus we get some pretty wicked plot twists throughput the book. Every time I thought I had it figured out I was thrown a curveball.

Overall I loved this book and I can’t say much more without spoiling it so I just leave it at that. If you are a Cassandra Clare fan, than this book is a must read.

I rate this book a full 5 ★ and will start book two tonight .

 

Some of my favorite quotes:


“There was beauty in the idea of freedom, but it was an illusion. Every human heart was chained by love.”
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“Lex malla, lex nulla. A bad law is no law.”
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“Everyone is more than one thing,” said Kieran. “We are more than single actions we undertake, whether they be good or evil.”
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“Laws are meaningless, child. There is nothing more important than love. And no law higher.”
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“When you love someone, they become a part of who you are. They’re in everything you do. They’re in the air you breathe and the water you drink and the blood in your veins. Their touch stays on your skin and their voice stays in your ears and their thoughts stay in your mind. You know their dreams because their nightmares pierce your heart and their good dreams are your dreams too. And you don’t think they’re perfect, but you know their flaws, the deep-down truth of them, and the shadows of all their secrets, and they don’t frighten you away; in fact you love them more for it, because you don’t want perfect. You want them.”
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“Heros aren't always the ones who win. They're the ones who lose, sometimes. But they keep fighting, they keep coming back. They don't give up. That's what makes them heroes.”
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Reading progress update: I've read 427 out of 427 pages.

This Savage Song - Victoria Schwab

Oh wow ... what an ending 

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Reading progress update: I've read 359 out of 427 pages.

This Savage Song - Victoria Schwab

The calm before the storm. I wonder how it will end 
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Reading progress update: I've read 294 out of 368 pages.

This Savage Song - Victoria Schwab

ooh things are getting intense

 

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Reading progress update: I've read 199 out of 368 pages.

This Savage Song - Victoria Schwab

It is getting so, so good :) Better and better 
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Reading progress update: I've read 160 out of 368 pages.

This Savage Song - Victoria Schwab

This is really good. Loving it 

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Reading progress update: I've read 93 out of 368 pages.

This Savage Song - Victoria Schwab

Haven't gotten that far since I got busy otherwise but so far I really enjoy this unique world 

 

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Review: The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) by Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse—Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy's mom finds out, she knows it's time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he'll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena—Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

 

 

 

 

First of I should say that I have watched the movie that came out few years ago. While the movie was not the best I still enjoyed the story. But that being said I knew a lot of the things happening in book one and not much surprised me but solely because I watched the movie and not because it was super easy to predict. Also I’m much older than the target audience but that did not stop me from loving this book just as much.
I’m not sure what else is there to say that has not been said about this book so I will make it short and sweet.
If you like and are a fan of Greek Mythology than this book is a must read for you. But really anyone who likes fantasy will enjoy this book.
It is packed full, action, plot twist and is hard to put down, It is super easy to get lost in the world with Percy and his friends. All of them are very likable and enjoyable.
Not to mention this book is super funny and had me laughing out loud on many occasions.
All I can say is that I highly recommend this book to anyone, no matter age.
I rate it 5 ★

 

 

 

 

See you after the BL updates

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Gonna be a long day with no Booklikes and all of you guys.........
Have a great day and see you when it is all over , soon I hope.


Reading progress update: I've read 0 out of 368 pages.

This Savage Song - Victoria Schwab

Might start this tonight. Hopefully it is a bit more fast paced than the last read.

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Review: Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) by Neal Shusterman

Scythe - Neal Shusterman

Thou shalt kill.

 

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

 

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.



3 ½ ★

 

This book is going to be harder to review as some other books for me.

I rather enjoyed this book and while I enjoyed it I didn’t love it. I kept wanting more out of it.

If you are looking for a fast paced and a lot of romance, this book is NOT for you. While never really boring I thought the book was rather slow almost all the way through. It picked up a bit at the end that was about it. When it came to romance there was barley any and you could have missed it if you would have skimped a few pages here and there. The little bit of sweet moments we get I thought felt off and I think it would have been much better if they would have just been great friends. There doesn’t have to be romance to be a good book.

All that being said, I still enjoyed the book very much. It is of course pretty dark and we pretty much see and hear all kinds of ways to murder glean someone and often groups of people.

It also makes you think a little.

I also really enjoyed the world building it was well thought out and I can’t wait to find out more as I still have a few questions about it.

As far as characters, there was never a secret to who is the villain and who was not. Obviously, I enjoyed some more than other but as far as the two main characters go, I liked them both very much, both for their own reasons.

The ending was semi surprising, some things I didn’t see coming at all and others, I figured out about half way through the book.  

Overall I enjoyed the book just not as much as I thought I would. I’m looking forward to book two but also hope it will be a bit faster pace than book one.

 

I rate it 3 ½ ★

 

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Reading progress update: I've read 435 out of 435 pages.

Scythe - Neal Shusterman

That was a pretty good book. RTC 

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Reading progress update: I've read 220 out of 435 pages.

Scythe - Neal Shusterman

Well wasn't that a interesting tidbit of information 

 

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Reading progress update: I've read 102 out of 435 pages.

Scythe - Neal Shusterman

I took a day off reading to catch up on some of my shows but now Im getting back into it and I must say... I really, really enjoy it 

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Reading progress update: I've read 5 out of 435 pages.

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I'm excited to get this started :) 

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Review: The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air) - Holly Black

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

 

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

 

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

 

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

 

 

This book got so much hype and I must say the hype is well deserved, in my opinion.

I really enjoyed this book and everything about it.  It is well written, fast paced and fun, thrilling roller-coaster ride.

I loved the world that Holly Black has created, an awesome mix of faerie land with yet a touch of the modern world as we know it. We get a great deal of fairie and its daily life which at times does not seem so different than ours. School, work, politics and the daily grind is the same in fairie as it would be here. Just a bit different and with different views on life, mortal or fae.

I just liked everything about the world.

I also really enjoyed all the characters. I never was sure to love or to hate them. Often both.

I loved Jude, our main character. She is feisty. Smart, cunning and despite being terrified all the time she never gives up. Never shows it .  She never takes the easy route (like leaving to the mortal world) and never stops fighting.  But she still has moments of stupidity, and where she seems power hungry and selfish but that made me like her even more. I loved her relationship with her sisters and Oak. The good, the bad and the ugly.

Madoc, I wasn’t sure if I should love him or hate him , and when the book ended I still didn’t know if I should love him or hate him. Don’t get me wrong it is made clear within the first five pages that he is indeed very cruel, with killing their parents and so. But throughout the book you can’t help to like him, the way he cares for them whether they are his kids or not and even though they are mortal . Well her and Taryn.

Cardan, the cruel prince. Well he is cruel all right, But of course he is also charming and beautiful and there is so much more to him. And honestly I can’t wait to read more about him in future books. I want to know more why he is that way who and what made him that way. I also want to hug him and tell him that everything will be okay. Again he is someone I loved to hate and hated to love.

Overall, this book was just amazing and even better than I thought it be. I absoltly loved it.

It is funny yet dark, with plenty of betrayal, lies and deceive with just the right amount of romance, humor and snark.  It was just the perfect mix of everything that keeps yu asking for more. Every time you thing you have it all figured out everything spins you in a new direction so that you will not see the surprising end coming, I loved it and can’t wait to see what will happen next.

I rate it full 5 ★

 

 

Some of my favorite quotes

 

“What could I become if I stopped worrying about death, about pain, about anything? If I stopped trying to belong? Instead of being afraid, I could become something to fear.”

 

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“I am going to keep on defying you. I am going to shame you with my defiance. You remind me that I am a mere mortal and you are a prince of Faerie. Well, let me remind you that means you have much to lose and I have nothing. You may win in the end, you may ensorcell me and hurt me and humiliate me, but I will make sure you lose everything I can take from you on the way down. I promise you this is the least of what I can do.”

 

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“I have lied and I have betrayed and I have triumphed. If only there was someone to congratulate me.”

 

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“Let's have a toast. To the incompetence of our enemies.”

 

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“But I will not stand in front of your happiness. I will not even stand in front of misery that you choose for yourself.”

 

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