Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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“That’s not the spirit of the law, Emma. Remember? The Law is hard, but it is the Law.”
“I thought it was ‘the Law is annoying, but it is also flexible.”

Title: Lady Midnight
Author: Cassandra Clare
Why you should read this book: Because it will take you again the world of Shadowhunters and Downwolders.

Summary from Goodreads:

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?

“Lex malla, lex nulla. A bad law is no law.”

So, I really liked this book but not a 5 stars like, more like a 4- stars like. I enjoyed the story and the characters are great, every one of them with their own personality and charisma. What I didn’t enjoy much was the length of the book, maybe it was a little too much, maybe there were a little too many descriptions that could’ve been avoided. Besides that, I enjoyed the mystery, the drama, the secrets, the lies, the modernity in a world without it, the laughs, the boys, the girls, the pizza, and the sass.

“The whale without Ahab is just a whale. A whale with no problems. A stress-free whale.”

I didn’t like very much the love stories. Maybe only one but then of course it was ruined, RUINED, I saw a lot of potential in it and it was ripped away from me a little too soon. I hope we are going to see more of it in the second book because I need it.

“Faeries are dramatic. It’s what we do.”

When I read Emma and Julian were parabatai I told myself BUT OF COURSE, they will fall in love, their love will be forbidden, drama here, drama there, misunderstandings everywhere. Well, the usual, right? I wasn’t hopeful, I started the book already prepared for what it indeed delivered.

“Emma,” said Cameron warningly. “The Clave won’t like it.”
The Clave was the Shadowhunter government. In Kit’s experience, they didn’t like anything.”

The Blackthorns were really nice to read about. The character I loved the most in this book was Ty, Tiberius Blackthorn. I thought he was a little bit like myself, different from the other members of the family, weirdly excited about random stuff, doesn’t show much affection but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t love everyone around him. He shows he cares differently and his personality is adorable. I want to read more about him.

“Why are you wearing a T-shirt under your other T-shirt?” Livvy asked.
“In case one of them is stolen,” Marked said, as it were entirely normal.”

I, of course loved Mark. Who can resist a half faerie half nephilim guy with pointed ears who speaks lie he came right from an old book? Lovely beyond compare. Yeah, he starts changing the way he speaks the more he stays among shadowhunters but nontheless he is a fascinating character and I loved almost everything about him. He annoyed me a little bit the last chapters of the book because, come on, you overreated, man-elf, that’s not nice!

“This cat is looking at me with judgment.”“He’s not,” said Jules. “That’s just his face.”“You look at me the same way,” Mark said, glancing at Julian. “Judgy face.”

I liked that Julian wasn’t like Jace, all emo about life. He isn’t exactly a ray of shunshine but he is adorable and he is trying his best, he loves too much and that’s a problem and it’s going to be a huge problem in the next book, I’m sure of that. Loving too much is painful and can break you. Oh, it is going to break him, and us. Oh yeah, it is going to happen.

“These pictures are my heart. And if my heart was a canvas, every square inch of it would be painted over with you.”

The mystery. Who is the murder? What is going on in LA? I had a couple of suspects in the beginning, they weren’t the murders, I misjudged them and I’m sorry of that. The murder wasn’t 100% a surprise buti t was hidden quite well. If they didn’t guessed it and I didn’t guessed it then I can say that I am as smart as at least 8 shadowhunters. I like that.

“No one is ever the villain of their own story.”

I may be one of the few that liked how the book ended. I saw the point in everything that happened. I think that was a very wise move because it involved the life of another human being. It’s a not a silly thing, it’s not a decision made by a confused teenager who doesn’t know best. The decision was thought deeply and I think it was the only way to go. Lies are bad but in this case, I cannot say it isn’t for the best.

Well, it’s not that I can’t really wait for the sequel but I’m very curious. I just hope it’s not going to be an over 700 pages book, I will settle for 580, 590 tops.

Do I recommend it? Of course, if you missed Shadowhunters you really should read this.
Rate: 4/5

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