Review: Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2) – Cassandra Clare


Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2) – Cassandra Clare

Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2)

Title: Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2)

Author: Cassandra Clare

Release Date: May 23, 2017

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 699

Source: TBR Shelf

Would you trade your soul mate for your soul?

A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.

Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?

Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.

When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.

5 out of 5 stars


I have so many feelings and so many thoughts and I know none of them will be portrayed correctly without giving away spoilers. If you haven’t read this book, DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW.

This book was literally everything I had hoped for. I cannot believe I’m done with it because I had been anticipating it for so long, and I LOVED IT. I loved everything about this book. Even if it made me sad or angry, I loved it.

So we start this book with Kit and Jace having a Herondale conversation. I was skeptical about Kit the whole end of Lady Midnight and through the beginning of Lord of Shadows because I knew he wanted to run away. He had already become friends with Ty and Livvy, and if he ran away it would make them so sad. So I was skeptical. I didn’t know how to feel, and he quickly became one of my favorite characters from this book. He was so interesting, and such a nice complement to Ty and Livvy. Ty and Livvy, because they are twins, are similar in many ways. They’ve always been with one another, and they’ve never really gotten the chance to be with kids their own age, so when Kit comes along and starts being their friend and loving them I just couldn’t help but love him.

Mark deciding to go and save Kieran was such a loyal and impressive moment. Kieran was the one that made it so Emma and Julian were whipped in Lady Midnight. Mark can’t just forgive that, but he knows that he can’t let Kieran die no matter how angry he is at him. He loved him while they were in the Hunt, and he needed him so much when they were both isolated in the Hunt. I was very proud of Mark for using his outstanding courage in order to save him from faerie.

So the crew goes into faerie to save Kieran, and then it comes out that Mark and Emma weren’t actually dating *more about this in like two seconds* and then before they find Kieran, Cristina and Mark just go and dance at a faerie revel. Ummmm. Cristina, use better judgement. You know that these things never end well, but it’s fine. Go ahead and dance until you die. It’s all good, no worries.

Mark and Emma. This situation. Okay, not gonna lie, at the end of Lady Midnight I wasn’t hating the idea of it. Lady Midnight ends with Mark asking Emma why they needed to lie about their feelings. The first time I read it I was SO mad because I didn’t think Emma should be with anyone but Julian, but then the second time reading it I realized it was for their own good that they shouldn’t be together. Then at the beginning of this book you find out that Emma and Mark are just faking. Emma lies to Mark and says its to get over Cameron… Yes because you’ve cared about him so much in the past, okay Em. Whatever you say. So Mark didn’t know he was actually the one to hurt Julian. Ugh.

Then Julian and Emma in the cottage. Everyone knew they were going to have sex and they were just going to try and worry about the whole parabatai thing later, but then Emma finally told Jules that the reason she was being so distant was the fact that Jem told her about the parabatai curse. She should have just told him right away so they could just suffer together, but no. But I’m proud of her because she told him. Way to go, Em. But she only told him because they both had near death experiences with the faeries in the group of seven. Mannan (?). Idk but they still fessed up about it anyway.

We got Alec and Magnus throughout it. We got Jace. I thought everything was great until I had like ten pages left and the fricking battle at the Council was still going on. Then Annabel goes crazy and kills Robert. Alec is devastated and he rushes to his father’s side and holds him after he’s dead. The tears almost started. Then Annabel goes even crazier and kills Livvy. She stabs her in the heart, and the way Julian reacts. My heart literally broke. He was whispering to her, and he loves her so much. He raised the Blackthorn children. They are his kids, and he couldn’t protect them. So now he’s going to be so broken in the next book. I’m not going to be able to deal with all of the Blackthorns being so broken because it will hurt my heart more than anything. But Ty and Kit are now destined to be parabatai, but they can’t because Kit loves him. Oh my gosh there is so much angst and I love it.

There was so much more to talk about, but this is already hideously long as it is, so I bid you good day. Thanks for reading the whole thing if you did, I’m impressed.

Series:

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1)

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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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This Week in Books #1


I saw this on ChrissiReads, and I think I would like to start doing these weekly. Now, if I am currently reading multiple books, I will only put the one I read most recently during my day in each post to keep it condensed. In theses posts I will be talking about what I read then, now, and what I will read next!

Click on the photo to go to the Goodreads page!

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THEN: I recently finished School of Deaths by Christopher Mannino, and I really enjoyed it! Like I say all the time, I love when authors or publishers ask me to read their books. The main premise of this book is that a teenage girl gets thrown into a world of male Grim Reapers, and has to learn how to become a Death alongside them. She’s the first girl in centuries, and she has to figure out why things are working the way that they are. Its a very interesting book!

NOW: I am currently 37% of the way done with Lady Midnight on my iPad, and I’M LOVING IT! My goal is to have it finished by Sunday when I get to meet Cassandra Clare, but I’m also going to purchase the hardcover of the book when I get there. If you don’t know who Cassandra Clare is, get out from under that rock! Pick up one of her books, you won’t regret it! This book follows Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn and their adventures while living at the Los Angeles Institute. I don’t want to talk too much about these books because they’re all tied closely together, but the two teenagers are Shadowhunters, and Shadowhunters hunt demons in the Mundane world. I have been waiting for so long to read this book, and I’m so glad I finally have it!

NEXT: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard is next up on my list! I’m reading it for book club with my friends, and cannot wait to continue on with the series! I really enjoyed the first book, and am very excited to start this one. I’ve read the first novella and not the second one, but I can’t wait to read that, too!

What books are on your list of then, now, and next?

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Lady Midnight Release!


THE RELEASE IS TOMORROW! I have been waiting for this for so long, and I am so excited to start this book tomorrow!! Now, I am going to try and finish Lady Midnight before the 13th because that’s when I get to go and meet Cassandra Clare at her signing. I would love to have it done by then, and I think I’m going to try and make a short video about the trip as well. You guys. I am so fricking excited. I totally get that ARCs are cool and all, but there really isn’t anything better than starting a book on the actual release date. This is a super short post, but I just wanted to tell/remind people that it does come out tomorrow, so order it on your e-readers or stop into a bookstore and pick up a copy!

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Preordering Books


Hello, hey, hi.

I just preordered a book for the first time. Go me! I’ve never actually had books on preorder because I felt that I would just get them and not read them right away, but I just ordered Lady Midnight on my Nook, and I’m so excited. I’ve not been this excited for a new release, really, since City of Heavenly Fire *review*.

Now, I think the reason I’ve never had the inclination to preorder a book is because of the fact that I am very timid when it comes to new books. I have so many books that I have to read, that I feel like when I want a bunch more it just makes me more overwhelmed with the amount of books on my TBR list. It really is overwhelming when you have a lot of books you’d love to read! The reason I preordered this book on my Nook is because I want to have the book read by the 13th when I get to see Cassandra Clare! I get to meet my favorite author and I’m so pumped. I want to buy the copy of Lady Midnight in hardcover at the actual event and then have her sign it oh my gosh I’m so excited.

Do you preorder a lot of books? What preorder are you most looking forward to?

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