Thursday, March 17, 2016

Review and Giveaway- Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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The Story- (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?

My Thoughts-
Oh yeah! Loved it! 5 stars.
So, right off the bat I had to do a bit of back tracking to remember who Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn were. Once I had their story down I plowed on in. From the get go you know there is going to be romantic problems between Emma and Julian, and I couldn't wait for it to happen. The author has great timing. She doesn't keep us waiting until the then, but throws it in just over halfway through and lets our two main characters struggle.

Then we have the theme of family and trust. Having Mark home is a two edged sword, because as the reader you can see his pull towards Keirnan and the Wild Hunt. What will he choose? The tension is high and the outcome, though not a game changer, does have reader investment.

Trust is another thing. The story looks at it from various angles of friendship, family, lover and teacher. The author does a great job of drawing the story along and throwing in bits of angst and seeds of distrust. Still, in the end I actually hadn't guessed the villain. So, cool.

This is going to be another great series from Clare. This time I'm more in it for the romance between Julian and Emma and the outcomes for the Blackthorn family than for the paranormal thrills.

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