Lady Midnight

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Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Unpopular opinion time: I didn’t absolutely love Lady Midnight.

Here’s the thing: I wanted to love Lady Midnight. Very badly. And I don’t NOT like it–it’s still amazing!–but it didn’t quite live up to my expectations.

First issue I had is that it takes a reeeeaally long time before seriously getting started. There’s a lot of introducing characters and solidifying relationships but even through the whole mysterious murders thing starts in the very first chapter, it’s not until a good 400 pages in that the Emma and her crew put some actual effort in to figure it out. It’s the first book of the series–I don’t care that it’s Cassie Clare and most people are going to be reading it just because of her and of Clary and Jace and Tessa and Will and Jem, it needs to grab and sustain our attention from the beginning. 400 pages of set-up, no matter how interesting the world is, is frustrating to read. Continue reading

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy

28954137Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare

Raise your hand if you’re a Shadowhunter fan! And another if you miss the TMI characters! And a foot if you love Simon!

*hovers in mid-air and raises all body parts for good measure*

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy is a compilation of various short stories detailing Simon’s life and lessons at the Shadowhunter Academy, shortly after the finale of City of Heavenly Fire, the final installment of Cassandra Clare’s indescribably fabulous The Mortal Instruments series. It’s a combination Simon’s resent-day shenanigans and academy lessons told as flashbacks with familiar characters. Oh, yeah–the familiar characters is key. All of the stories told in TFTSA are either Simon’s or that of another from TMI or TID (with the exception of Nothing but Shadows which gives a little preview of the MCs of the upcoming prequel-sequel series, The Last Hours). It. Is. Glorious! Continue reading

City of Heavenly Fire

8755785So I read and reviewed (and loved!) this book waaaay back when it first came out, long before starting this blog so I hadn’t any intention of posting it. Buuuuuut, in honour of the upcoming release of Lady Midnight, book 1 of the The Mortal Instruments sequel series The Dark Artifices (March 8, 2016- EEEP!), I figured why not?

***Ye be warned: This review is of the last in a series and so contains some minor spoilers of previous books. If you haven’t yet read the rest, I urge you to proceed with caution.***

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

Any Mortal Instruments fans out there will already know this but for the sake of the rest of you, I’ll give a little extra info. City of Heavenly Fire is the 6th and final instalment to the highly acclaimed series by Cassandra Clare, The Mortal Instruments. The first book of the series, City of Bones, was one of the first YA books I read. I fell in love almost immediately; demons, downworlders, kick-ass Shadowhunters, romance, and hot guys—it was everything I wanted in a book. If you’re into demons, vampires, faeries and all that jazz, pretty please pick up the first one. Continue reading