Review: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: March 8, 2016
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781471147012)
Pages: 669
Read in: March 2016
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While this review won’t contain spoilers for Lady Midnight, it will contain minor spoilers for the entire Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series. Continue reading at your own risk, but I highly recommend you read those first, along with Tales of Shadowhunter Academy before you come back and read my thoughts on this book.

Goodreads Summary:

In a kingdom by the sea…

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?

The darkly magical world of Shadowhunters has captured the imaginations of millions of readers across the globe. Join the adventure in Lady Midnight, the long-awaited first volume of a new trilogy from Cassandra Clare.


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Review: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: April 28th, 2015
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781595148032
Pages: 446
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This  book was amazing, hands down. I know I say this with a lot of books I read but oh my gosh, literally everything in this book is brilliant. The plot, the characters, the world and the writing were all wonderful. It was such a refreshing read. I actually suggest you go into this book blind, because that way there’s more suspense and tension, but if you want to know what the story is about, here’s the summary from Goodreads (don’t read if you want to go into the story blind though!):

Laia is a slave.

Elias is a soldier.

Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

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