Book Review: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance  

Publishing Info: January 2017 by Simon and Schuster Children’s UK (first published 2016)

Pages: 669

Star Rating: 5/5

Back Cover Summary:

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?

Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.

I have loved Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunters series for what feels like a very long time. City of Bones was my introduction to her world many, many years ago. She releases books so quickly, I’m trying to catch up! I thought I might get bored of them, but I haven’t so far. I love returning to the world of the Shadowhunters every time I pick up one of her books.

Lady Midnight is the first in the Dark Artifices series and is set a few years after The Mortal Instruments. When I finished reading it, I just sort of sat at stared at my bedroom wall for a minute because I had so many feelings about this book. The characters and their relationships are what makes this book so good. I just became so invested in the Blackthorn family. And Cassandra Clare is really good at giving you hope for characters and then tearing your heart to shreds (in the way a good book does).

Emma and Julian are the two main characters, but all of the others stole my heart too. From Cristina, to Mark, Livvy, Ty, Dru and little Tavvy. I loved seeing the family interact and how Julian has had to bring them up, they’re like his own children despite him being their older brother. It was also great seeing how Mark changed over the course of the book and I’m interested to see where his character goes in the next book.  

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Life in the Time of Coronavirus

We can’t escape the fact that our lives are going to be quite different for some time to come. At the beginning of the year, I don’t think anyone could have foreseen just how bad things were going to get.

This is a bit of a spontaneous post. I felt I needed to get my thoughts down on paper (or type my thoughts into this text box…?).

I’m at risk due to being on medication for my Crohn’s Disease that suppresses the immune system. So these are worrying times. Luckily, I’m able to work from home, so I will be doing so for the foreseeable future.

This is a difficult time for many people. Not everyone is lucky enough to be able to work from home. Many people are going to lose their jobs because our way of life is just grinding to a halt. And some people have to go on working to keep us well, safe and fed.

To be honest it’s kind of… strange… trying to absorb that this is happening. It almost doesn’t feel real. Is this a script from a movie? It feels like it could be. The next weeks and months are going to be very long.

I’m trying to find the positives from this situation. I can’t go out anywhere. But at least we can call and video chat friends and relatives. And I’ll have more time to read and write!

I’ll be continuing to post at least the same amount of content as usual here. Though I may be posting more frequently since I’ll have more time on my hands! But I am planning on spending quite a bit of time on writing. If there’s any content you’re interested in seeing, do let me know in the comments.

How are you coping with the current situation? Do you have any plans for how to spend your new-found time indoors?

Be safe everyone! Things seem pretty bleak, but we can get through this!

Visiting Amsterdam

I haven’t been abroad much, so this trip was very exciting! I’d been to places when I was younger and to Canada a couple of times as I have relatives there, but I’d not been on holiday abroad since Austria in 2014. It was also my first time going on holiday with friends rather than family which was exciting. I went with two friends from uni and we stayed in a lovely Airbnb in Weesp, which is just on the edge of Amsterdam, for three nights from 5th – 8th October.

A sunny day in Weesp

The journey there went smoothly, except I felt very travel sick on the plane. But, thankfully, everything was running on time. When we arrived at the Airbnb in the afternoon we decided to explore Weesp. It’s a lovely little town with a river, shops, cafes and restaurants. There was also a church with an unusual bell ring that sounded very pretty.

A rather wet Amsterdam!

On our first full day in the Netherlands we headed into Amsterdam. It was only a 15 minute train journey into the centre of the city. Unfortunately it rained all day, so we decided to explore some museums. First up was the Amsterdam Museum, which although wasn’t at the top of my to do list was actually really interesting and gave a good overview and insight into the history of Amsterdam. So that was actually a pretty good place to start. At lunch I satisfied my sweet tooth with a pancake from a nice café which was delicious.

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The End of an Era

It has been a while since I’ve posted as I have been frantically finishing my last coursework for the year. In fact, the last coursework of my degree. Perhaps my last coursework ever. My time at university has ended, after three years of ups and downs. I can safely say I picked the right subject, and I thoroughly enjoyed learning new things. I made friends and joined numerous societies. Now that time is over it’s time for the next step in life, whatever that may be.

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The Vampire That Is…Dissertation…

Vampirism seems to be a great metaphor for final year of university/dissertation. It is a truth universally acknowledged that when deadlines come up something has to fly out the window, and it’s usually your social life and sleep (time for food is much too important to be thrown out that window).

With less than three weeks to go now till my dissertation is due in, I haven’t done a blog post in almost a month. So I figured I’d let you know why I’ve disappeared.

In just a few weeks time I will be posting regularly again. For now I have a beast of a dissertation to tame…

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2016 – A Big Year

Well, I’m a bit late for the obligatory New Year post. There was a lot going on and I guess I just didn’t get round to it until now. I think that’s going to be the tune for the rest of the year. As per usual I have a lot on my plate.

So what am I doing this year? Do I have any resolutions and goals for the year?

A lot, in answer to both those questions.

I have a little something called a degree which I need to remember involves reading, coursework, revising and waking up early enough to attend lectures amidst all the other things I’m supposed to be doing right now.

I’m currently on a placement hunt for my ‘Professional Training Year’ of my degree, which isn’t just going to fall into my lap. It’s involving a lot of cover letter writing, internet searching and head-scratching-while-filling-in-application-forms. So there’s that.

I also decided to be rather ambitious with my involvement in societies this year. There’s the university magazine and editing and printing the Annual for the Writer’s Society.

And I decided I’d set myself a goal of finishing the third draft of one of my novels. Who knows if that’s going to happen but it’s a goal and I’m going to make my best attempt at reaching it.

So there’s lots going on this year. Hopefully it will be a good one.

A New Blog

In an update a few weeks ago I mentioned I had a new blog, and now I’m here to share the details with you. This is an additional blog I am doing to this one, so I will still be posting here often! The blog is called ‘the words we carve’ and I am doing it with four other writers: Sam, Kristin, Munira and Larisa. The initial idea behind the blog was that it would be a way to get us back into writing and/or writing more.

We each post every week (where possible) on our designated day, mine being Mondays. There is also a monthly theme for which one of our posts that month is orientated.

Here are links to my posts so far if you are interested:

It All Started with a Green Notepad

Let’s Begin Again

The Ren Pen of Annihilation

The Connection