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


Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) – Cassandra Clare

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Title: Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #)

Author: Cassandra Clare

Release Date: March 8, 2016

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 720

Source: Book Store

The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in the first novel in Cassandra Clare’s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Lady Midnight is a Shadowhunters novel.

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.


 

5 out of 5 stars

Okay. This book was freaking amazing, and I loved every second of it. I started reading the book the day it came out (March 8th) in preparation for the Cassandra Clare signing that I went to. I got 65%ish through the book before then, and almost started crying whilst waiting in line for the signing. I mean, of course I was reading in line. Duh.

Seriously, though. Cassandra Clare has outdone herself yet again. I loved this book so much because we got introduced to a new cast of Cassie characters! It has been so long since I’ve had new and fresh faces in The Mortal Instruments world, and it was beautiful. Julian and Emma. My gosh. I just cannot even express how much I love them and loved the development throughout the course of the book holy goodness. Julian being the father figure to his younger siblings was something we hadn’t experienced in a Cassandra Clare book, and it was a nice change from the somewhat hard and sassy main male characters we’ve had. I love them just the same still, but it was a nice change of scenery per say.

So we all read a tiny bit about these characters at the end of City of Heavenly Fire, but the eldest children were 12. Now they’re 17, and things have changed and wonderful and beautifully heartbreaking things have happened. The parabatai bond makes it “impossible” to fall in love with the other of the bond. “Impossible” meaning that it should never be done unless you want to burn in hell with demons, but we’ve never known why until Jem comes along and lets all the info spill to Emma.

*whimper sound*

I just want things to be perfect and wonderful, but they’re perfectly broken and not knowing what to do and I just can’t. The one thing that I hated *and loved, but shouldn’t have actually been in the context of the story. It was beautifully written, and I liked reading it, but it was unrealistic* was the beach scene. Now. If you’ve read this book you understand my feelings towards it. I thought that it was a great scene, but why? They knew that they shouldn’t have, they’ve not even let themselves kiss before sooooooooo. Whatever. If that was the only downfall to this book I think we’re in good shape.

I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE NEXT BOOKS AND I DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW I CAN POSSIBLY BE OKAY FOR ANOTHER FULL YEAR OH EM GEE.

Tell me your thoughts without being super spoilery in the comments, or email me at aubreyjoy99@gmail.com to tell me about the spoilers you loved and can’t keep to yourself!

Series:

Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #1)

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Meeting Cassandra Clare!


Yesterday marked an amazing day that I had been waiting for since the beginning of the year… I got to meet Cassandra Clare! Here is a story of how the day went:

My mom and my friends, Maddie and Andi, and I met at 6:45 and drove the three and a half hour drive to Omaha, Nebraska. I drove the whole way in my silver Jeep Liberty named Luna (as in Luna Lovegood), and we get to the place the signing is going to be at. Alright. So we pull up to the middle school/library and we see about 100-150ish cars in the parking lot and absolutely NO SPOTS LEFT. We were freaking out. It was literally 10:30 am when we got there and the event started at 1:30… How were there so many people there already?!

We walk up to the entrance and talk to a doorman person and he tells us to go to a different door for the signing. Cool. We think that there will be a huge line. We wouldn’t get to meet her. She wouldn’t get to sign our books. Oh my gosh. NO! We came all this way, and we walk over to the door and there are seven girls. Seven. 7. Siete. We later find out that there is a church service happening during the morning. So we meet these girls and fangirl a little bit and talk about books and everything. They asked us how far we were in Lady Midnight. I was the furthest of the group *cough cough* not floating my own boat, but I’m amazing ;)

We sit down and hang out with them for a little while and then figure out we’re at the wrong door. Okay, so we walk over to the original door and sit down in the line that we started. There were about ten of us there until 11:30, and then EVERYONE and their mother started showing up. We were within the first ten people of a crowd of about 400 people. It paid off that we got there early! My mom and aunt (who lives in Omaha) brought us some pizza and bread sticks at 11:45ish and we sat down on the pavement and ate that. It was really great, actually. Props to Little Caesars.

Anywho. So we wait until 1:30, and they let us into the auditorium that the Q&A would be in. Since we were at the front of the line we got to sit in the front row. The event was scheduled to start at two, so by the time everyone was settled and in their seats it was 1:45ish. We all waited and waited for 2:00 to happen, and then there was an announcement saying that their tour bus was late.

It was 20 minutes late. I get that traffic is bad, but for real. Ugh. So we wait the extra 20 minutes. Then the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Cassandra Clare, Holly Black, and Sarah Rees Brennan all walk into the auditorium and everyone FREAKS out. Oh my gosh it was so great! The three took questions from the audience and answered them. We got some hope for a Malec book. Holly Black said that Will Herondale was her favorite character. Sarah Rees Brennan said that Julian was her favorite. Cassandra Clare didn’t say a favorite, but I think that it’s Jace.

After the Q&A there was the signing portion. We went out into the lobby and got our books signing. I have a book that Cassandra Clare wrote my name in for me! Ahh!

It was an amazing experience, and I highly suggest going to an author event no matter who the author is if you have the chance to! It was one of the best experiences of my life, honestly. My boyfriend, who didn’t go cause not a book nerd, finally witnessed my full fangirl mode. I FaceTimed him for an hour and a half and I’m pretty sure he got in about 15 maybe 20 words the whole time.

OH WELL!

GoSh It WaS sO gOoD!

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Review: The Bane Chronicles (The Bane Chronicles #8-11) – Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson


The Bane Chronicles (The Bane Chronicles #8-11) – Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson

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Title: The Bane Chronicles

Author: Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson

Release Date: November 11, 2014

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 528

Source: Book Store

Fans of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices can get to know warlock Magnus Bane like never before in this collection of New York Times bestselling tales, in print for the first time with an exclusive new story and illustrated material.

This collection of eleven short stories illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality, flamboyant style, and sharp wit populate the pages of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices.

Originally released one-by-one as e-only short stories by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, and Sarah Rees Brennan, this compilation presents all ten together in print for the first time and includes a never-before-seen eleventh tale, as well as new illustrated material.


What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything (The Bane Chronicles #8)

5 out of 5 stars

I love Magnus and Alec together, and this is the story I was most excited for. Malec is my favorite ship from The Mortal Instruments and it’s super nice to see them interacting again. You’ve also never really seen their interactions clearly because of the multiple storylines, but it’s so fun. It’s really great to read about a relationship that is so new and so beautiful. I love Magnus and Alec so much. I love that they’re sweet to each other and that they love one another for who they are. Oh my gosh, it’s just so cute and romantic. Magnus went to all the trouble of imagining what Alec was feeling throughout the short story, and I just can’t handle how cute it was. So much love for them.

 

The Last Stand of the New York Institute (The Bane Chronicles #9)

4 out of 5 stars

This hasn’t been my favorite story, but I really enjoyed seeing Valentine when he started being who he is. I love seeing Magnus, and I get that this whole book is about him, but it’s cool to see him helping people instead of just being glittery. I also enjoyed seeing Jocelyn and Clary when they were younger. It was just so cute and Tessa was there. Tessa was wearing a shirt that said “William wants a doll.” Yes, it was about being a feminist, but it’s because she hasn’t strayed from Will and it’s just perfect. I love Tessa and Will from The Infernal Devices and it’s just… oh my gosh I love them.

 

The Course of True Love [and First Dates] (The Bane Chronicles #10)

5 out 5 stars

I don’t even know what to say about this because it’s been my favorite novella so far. I love Magnus and Alec together and they are my favorite couple from the whole Mortal Instruments series. I loved seeing them interacting on their first date and how perfectly awkward it was. I loved every second of it and I just want a whole book about Magnus and Alec. They make me so happy. I just get a giddy, girly, squealy feeling when I read about them. The kissing scene. My gosh. I just want them to be together forever and ever. I love them and I love their first date story. It’s so fricking cute.

 

The Voicemail of Magnus Bane (The Bane Chronicles #11)

3 out of 5 stars

I did not want to relive that traumatic experience of the situation that is not to be named between Alec and Magnus. I really did not want to deal with that pain again and I’m still not over that part. I literally hated reading that, but it was pretty okay. I love Cassandra Clare and I can’t wait to read Lady Midnight because more Shadowhunters. I GET TO MEET HER IN OMAHA AND IM SO PUMPED. Anyway, I really enjoyed this book overall, and can’t wait to read more from her!

 

Series:

What Really Happened in Peru (The Bane Chronicles #1)

The Runaway Queen (The Bane Chronicles #2)

Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale (The Bane Chronicles #3)

The Midnight Heir (The Bane Chronicles #4)

The Rise of Hotel Dumort (The Bane Chronicles #5)

Saving Raphael Santiango (The Bane Chronicles #6)

The Fall of Hotel Dumort (The Bane Chronicles #7)

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Review: The Bane Chronicles (The Bane Chronicles #5-7) – Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson


The Bane Chronicles (The Bane Chronicles #5-7) – Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson

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Title: The Bane Chronicles

Author: Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson

Release Date: November 11, 2014

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 528

Source: Book Store

Fans of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices can get to know warlock Magnus Bane like never before in this collection of New York Times bestselling tales, in print for the first time with an exclusive new story and illustrated material.

This collection of eleven short stories illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality, flamboyant style, and sharp wit populate the pages of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices.

Originally released one-by-one as e-only short stories by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, and Sarah Rees Brennan, this compilation presents all ten together in print for the first time and includes a never-before-seen eleventh tale, as well as new illustrated material.


 

The Rise of the Hotel Dumort (The Bane Chronicles #5)

4 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this story. This is the first one that had any real action. Part of the reason that I love Cassandra Clare is because of her amazingly written action scenes, so it was nice to have a little glimpse into one of those. I also really enjoyed the beginning of the story and how it took place on the day of the huge stock market crash. It was cool to see in that time period even if it was tainted with warlocks and vampires. Again, Camille is one of my favorite bad-guys, so it was fun to see her again. I’m excited to read The Fall of Hotel Dumort and see what Camille has to do with it.

 

Saving Raphael Santiago (The Bane Chronicles #6)

4 out of 5 stars

This hasn’t been my favorite so far, but I loved getting to see Raphael. He’s one of my favorite characters because he is so strong-willed in all of his decisions. I had no idea that Magnus had that much to do with saving him, but he definitely did. If it weren’t for Magnus, Raphael would have gone insane and killed a bunch of mundanes in order to get blood, but he didn’t because he had a safe place to be. I love how sassy he is. I’ve also missed the Cassandra Clare sass levels. I’m really excited to continue on with this novella series!

 

The Fall of the Hotel Dumort (The Bane Chronicles #7)

4 out of 5 stars

I’ve decided that I’m not too keen on the vampires. I never really liked them because they’re so cold. They almost don’t even have emotions anymore, and I get that’s what makes them have a vampiric quality, but I just don’t like it. To me, the lack of emotion makes it somewhat boring to read. I do still like Camille, but I’m confused about the ending of this one. Magnus just has Catarina erase memories from him? Hmm. I don’t know about that.

 

Series:

What Really Happened in Peru (The Bane Chronicles #1)

The Runaway Queen (The Bane Chronicles #2)

Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale (The Bane Chronicles #3)

The Midnight Heir (The Bane Chronicles #4)

What To Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything (The Bane Chronicles #8)

The Last Stand of the New York Institute (The Bane Chronicles #9)

The Course of True Love [and First Dates] (The Bane Chronicles #10)

The Voicemail of Magnus Bane (The Bane Chronicles #11)

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Review: Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) – Cassandra Clare


Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) – Cassandra Clare

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Title: Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1)

Author: Cassandra Clare

Release Date: September 6, 2009

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 479

Source: Book Store

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Friendless and hunted, Tessa seeks refuge with the Shadowhunters, a band of warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons. Drawn ever deeper into their world, she finds herself fascinated by — and torn between — two best friends and quickly realizes that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

5 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Tessa Gray gets letters sent to her home in New York telling her to visit her older brother, Nate, in London. Nate sends her a ticket to go, and Tessa finds herself in the beautifully-gloomy Victorian England. When she steps off the boat she’s greeted by a man in a Pandemonium Club carriage, not her brother. Although it’s odd, she decides that everything will be fine, and goes with the man in the carriage. She is taken to a place that’s unknown to her, and meets two women. These women train her, and sometimes torture, her. Why? Tess has Downworld powers. She can change into anyone she chooses if she has held something of theirs. Tessa is held captive by these two women, when suddenly a boy named William Herondale comes and saves her. Will is accompanied by James, also known as Jem, Carstairs. The two boys bring her to the Shadowhunter’s London Institute. She finds out she’s very valuable to a man that goes by the name of The Magister, but nobody understands why. What does The Magister want with Tessa? Why hasn’t her brother shown up yet? Who are these powerful Shadowhunters and why has she been taken in by them?

Oh gosh. Really, Cassandra Clare, really? Cassandra Clare is perfect. Will Herondale is perfect. Jem Carstairs is perfect. I just… those Herondale boys. Mm. I love Shadowhunters and really should have read this book sooner. I have missed the world Cassandra Clare has created so much. I can tell that these three books will be just as good, if not better than, the Mortal Instruments. I love reading things by Cassandra Clare, and Victorian London is so perfect. England and Shadowhunters. There isn’t that much better than that combination.

Characters:

William. Herondale. Your hatred of ducks makes me love you more. The Herondale family is just too sassy for their own good, and it makes me so extremely happy. It is so weird to see Magnus Bane loving up on girls. Just stop. Wait for Alec, just hold your glitter and calm down. Jem is so sweet, he’s adorable and sassy and kind of besties with Tessa. I am so emotionally attached to these characters already and I have only read the first book. I want to see Tessa be with Will, but I also wouldn’t hate to see her with Jem. Will is my favorite, but…. Wessa or Tem? Ugh. DO NOT make me choose.

Who Would I Be?:

Definitely going with Tessa here. She gets to hang out with Will and Jem. Emphasis on the word “and.” You can’t really win more than that. I mean, I get that the whole Changing process is difficult, but I think it’d be really awesome to change shape.

Series:

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2)

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3)

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Review: City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) – Cassandra Clare


City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) – Cassandra Clare

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Title: City of Lost Souls

Author: Cassandra Clare

Release Date: May 8, 2012

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 535

Source: Bookstore

What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith’s magic has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.

5 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Jace goes missing and the Clave sends out search parties to try and find him, but then a more important matter comes up. The search parties are called off and lessened, but of course, Clary tries to find her true love. Clary, being herself, goes off with a crazy plan after meeting with the faerie council and her friends. She decides to follow Jace and Sebastian in hope of finding something to help, but also be close to her boyfriend. She finds out some information, but loses the way to communicate with anyone. Simon, Isabelle, Magnus, and Alec get a weapon that can hurt only one of the two from the bond and relays the information to Clary. Blood is shed and Shadowhunters are killed. This book was an epic addition to the Mortal Instruments series. I liked this book, but City of Glass is still my favorite from the series. Clary is getting really irritating to me because she just rushes into everything without thinking. I know that’s considered a good quality to some people, but it’s just irritating sometimes. Now I finally get to start City of Heavenly Fire :)

Characters:

No new characters were introduced, really. Magnus is my new favorite character other than Isabelle and Jace. Magnus is the coolest person, well warlock, ever. I want him to be my best friend. He has sparks coming out of his fingers and he always wears glitter. I still love Isabelle, though. She shows her vulnerability in this one again, and she basically said that she’s officially in love with Simon. It’s perfect. Simon and Isabelle are my OTP because they’re perfect together.

Who Would I Be?:

I would honestly choose to be Magnus. He is such a loving person and he helps everyone out all the time and he loves Alec so much. The way he calls Alec his boyfriend is perfect and precious. He’s so in love. I love that he’s in love. It’s so cute. I’d also get to hang out with everyone all the time, which would be super cool.

Series:

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) – Cassandra Clare

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) – Cassandra Clare

City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3) – Cassandra Clare

City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4) – Cassandra Clare

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) – Cassandra Clare

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In Conclusion: Finish/Catch Up on Series


This month the theme for the #AYearAThon was finish/catch up on series. Naturally I believed I could read all the rest of the Mortal Instruments books before City of Heavenly Fire came out, but I didn’t. I finished City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) – Cassandra Clare and City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3) – Cassandra Clare. I just finished City of Fallen Angels and I will read the last two this month. I cannot wait to start City of Heavenly Fire! Oh my lord. AND TFIOS IS THIS WEEK! WHAT.

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