Lord of Shadows

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GUYS!

THIS BOOK IS SO F***ING GOOD.

LIKE, FANTASTIC AMAZING UNBELIEVABLY AWESOMELY GOOD.

HOLY SHIT!

Okay, okay; I’m calm, I swear. Lord of Shadows is the second installment of Cassandra Clare’s The Dark Artifices trilogy and the far better sequel to Lady Midnight. It picks up not too long after Lady Midnight lets out, the crew now facing a growing number of sea demon attacks as a result of Malcolm Fade’s body and the Black Book’s banishment into the Pacific Ocean by Emma. Julian’s sad because Emma is with Mark, Kit wants nothing to do with all the obnoxiously hot people who tell him what to do, Cristina’s with Diego even though she wants Mark, Mark is mad at Kieran while he’s pretending with Emma and longing for Cristina, and whole lot of other issues that I won’t even begin to go over. Continue reading

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