Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare // Book Review!

Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2)

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Publication Date: May 23rd, 2017

Page Number: 701 pages

Format Read: Hardcover (I bought this one!)


Goodreads synopsis:

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.

My Thoughts:

I’ve finally read Lord of Shadows! Hoorah for me! I don’t know why it took me so long or why I kept putting it off because it was amazing!

I loved reading about my old fam from TMI and the gang from TID were also mentioned throughout and my fav Jessamine was there too!

I love the Blackthorns and how much of a family they are, and hey guess what?! I’m finally starting to distinguish all of their names!

Helen and Mark are the oldest and they’re part faerie

Julian is the kind of patriarch and duh the main character of the book

Livvy and Ty are the twins who hang out with Kit

Dru is the sulky teen who always get stuck babysitting

And Tavvy is the baby 7 year old

I think that’s all right?

Anyway the romance and fighting and general badass-ery was all there and is it wrong that this Christina/Mark/Kieran love triangle is making me want Mark to end up with both of them? Threesome anyone? Cassie Clare even mentioned in the book itself!

Yay for LGBTQ-ness in the book also! I can’t figure Ty and Kit out, are they going to end up as parabatai or a couple? I don’t know!

Emma is such an amazing human and so cool with Cortana! Speaking of Cortana, that sword is powerful!

Can we also just talk about that ending!!!! OH MY GOD! I was reading then I stopped and re-read cause I could not believe my eyes. Oh yes Cassandra Clare has still got it ladies and gentlemen. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book!

Verdict:

I devoured this humongous book and loved every second of it! I’m scared that I’m going to get bored of Cassie Clare and shadowhunter writing one day though, like I did with Uncle Rick and Percy Jackson books. Whatever though, for now I still like!

My Rating:

5 stars!


Have you read this? Did you love it? Let’s discuss!

-Calliope

Shadowhunters TV Show Thoughts

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Hello! Welcome! In case you don’t know, Shadowhunters is the tv adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s hit series the Mortal Instruments. There was originally a movie version, called The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, but the series failed to make a sequel movie which I was quite disappointed about. 

I watched the movie and thought that it was okay, but after watching season 1 of the tv show, titled Shadowhunters, I thought the movie was excellent as the shadowhunters tv show sucked big time in season 1.

The tv show made the movie look faithful af.

The show was renewed for a second season and a new writer was hired and I have to say that after finishing season 2, the show has improved! Hallelujah!


So here are some of my thoughts! And it’s okay if you disagree! 

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I love how in the poster Clary and Simon are looking straight at the audience and everyone else is looking to the side. Like what is Jace doing with his facial expression? I like the Season 2 poster a lot more! It’s the one on the right. Except what’s with Jace’s turned head when we can see everyone else’s face?

The acting has gotten significantly better, and I actually felt some emotions while watching! Some of the plot lines still felt strange to me and didn’t make sense but overall the writers are somewhat following the book plot.

If I watched this show without reading the books first I would say that it’s an okay show, but knowing the amazing books and what happens in them, the show still continues to disappoint me because the characters don’t match the ones I already know in my head.

There are major defenders of the show who bash on us book lovers and say that it’s an adaption, we can’t expect it to be exactly like the books. Pretty Little Liars is nothing like the books and is a great tv show. My counter to that is that the Pretty Little Liars books were not relatively known before the show. There wasn’t that big fanbase that The Mortal Instruments books had before the Shadowhunters show.

And it also has to do with the actors, if I feel like laughing at some of the lines and facial expressions in a solemn scene, then it’s not good. I think I can honestly say that if the actors were more like the book, and there was a totally different plotline I would still like the show. It’s not about the books at this point, I just want a decent show.

Now maybe I am extremely biased as a staunch supporters of Cassandra Clare’s books, but why mess with an already perfect book series that has amazing plot lines that could be followed in a tv show with an amazing result?

I just don’t understand why the show couldn’t have followed the books, it would have made a much better show. That being said I do think that season 2 has gotten a lot better and there have been some moments where I was actually like ‘Yes! That’s my Jace!’

The season 2 plot has also been following book 2 and 3 of the Mortal Instruments series a bit more. I don’t think this show will ever match some of my other favorite book to tv series favorites like Outlander, but I think I’ve come to tolerate the show.

Actually, you know what? I am looking forward to season 3 a little bit, so that just shows that I don’t dislike the show that much, after all, I watch it every week when it’s on. I’m excited to meet Sebastian in the next season!


Some things I really like!

Simon! I love him and all of this lines! Alberto Rosende is doing a great job! I also like some of the Jace moments. When Simon and Jace are together, like at the bar scene when Jace is giving Simon girl tips, the snarky Jace comes out a little and I loved it!

I also like the guy who plays Valentine, Alan van Spring. The other characters I’m coming to tolerate I think.

So fav character? Simon for sure

Least favorite? Hmm, though I love Magnus as a characters, I feel like Harry Shum is making him really dramatic and he talks very slow and grave all the time? I don’t dislike any of the characters actually, I do love my Malec and also gasp! What’s with the Rizzy going on?? Where’s my Sizzy??

Anyhoo, that’s all from me today…


What do you think?! Do you still watch shadowhunters? Do you love it, hate it? Let me know in the comments below!

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser

 

Caps and Exclamation Points! // Lady Midnight Review

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Publication Date: March 8, 2016

Page Number: 668

Format Read: Hardcover (Bought)


Goodreads Synopsis:

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.


My Thoughts:

Ok, wow. I think this has been one of the strongest first books in a Cassie Clare series, largely because the protagonist Emma, is already a Shadowhunter, and as a result, the reader already is in the know with the world.

This book though! It tore at my heartstrings! And I loved the Blackthorns so much!

My only problem as that there are so many Blackthorns that I was a little like, who’s who.

Overall I loved it, though it took me a few days to read because it was so big and I’m in school for about 10+ hours every weekday so…


*Spoiler Section* (Warning: Spoilers + Extreme Non Comprehensible Fangirling)

So one thing that I was afraid of was that Johnny Rook was going to be the bad guy here, and it would play out similar to the Clockwork Trilogy in terms of betrayal, so I found it a relief that it was Malcolm.

But at the same time, I can’t be mad at Malcolm for doing what he did, because as Emma and Julian wonder themselves, would they do the same? They hope not but at the same time, Malcolm wasn’t evil, he was wronged by shadowhunters and was just trying to be with the girl he loved.

I also really just dislike the Clave and the Cold Peace and how annoying the Clave is sometimes.

Ok, here are some major wtf moments here: (Also spoilery)

a) Kit?! A Herondale!? What!?

b) Annabel is awake! (Cough cough, plot line for book 2)

c) Mark! and Emma!? How long will this go on in book 2!? Book 2 is I think Lord of Shadows…

d) Simon/Isabelle getting married! And possibly Jace and Clary too! Awww

e) parabati curse!? What!? Book 2 please explain more

Now it’s time for my thoughts on the ships and love triangles

Ok, I obviously ship Julian and Emma, BUT, I don’t like hate Mark and Emma, same thing with Kieran, Mark, Christina, and Diego, like Mark is good with EVERYONE!

Seriously though, there isn’t a love triangle, it’s a love hexagon! With Mark, Emma, Julian, Kieran, Christina, and Diego all in it.

But I don’t really have any main ships yet, but hopefully, book 2 will help develop those.

Honestly though, the first half of this book was just:

Emma: “I love Julian, but I can’t tell him cause he’ll be disgusted since he doesn’t feel the same way”

Julian: “I love Emma, but I can’t tell her cause she’ll be disgusted since she doesn’t like me like that”

*Facepalm from the reader aka me

Verdict:

A wonderful start, with a cliffhanger esque end that had me dying.

My Rating:

5 out of 5 stars! My first 5 stars given to a YA book this year! THANK YOU Cassie Clare for being awesome 🙂


Ok, so yeah, the excitement was a little real for this one, and it’s just a bunch of fangirling honestly, it’s not even a proper review since all I did was shriek in all caps everywhere and use a lot of exclamation points.

Please let me know your thoughts! Have you read this book!? What did you think!?

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser

 

One Lovely Blog Award

Hi there! A lovely blog post for you today.

Ha ha, see what i did there? It’s the one lovely blog award and a lovely blog post too. See????

Anyhoo, i was nominated by the lovely…ok, not this again, the lovely Aneta @ Inspire Script, as well as Anthony @ A Very Awkward Blog, and Kimsiang @ The Spines Breaker

These lovely people all have lovely blogs, so check them out!

Ok, i’m done with the loveliness now 😉

The Rules:

I’ve seen different versions, but these are the rules i’m going with:

1. You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.

2. List the rules and display the award.

3. Add 7 facts about yourself.

4. Nominate 7 other bloggers and let them know about their nomination!

I saw Jesse from Books at Dawn do this award, and for each person that nominated him he did a separate category of facts about himself. That was a great idea, so i’m going to use it too 🙂

Aneta’s Category: Fruits: Top 7 Fruits I Like

1. Cantaloupe

2. Watermelon

3. Pineapple

4. Blueberries

5. Kiwi

6. Grapes

7. Peaches

Anthony’s Category: Candy: Top 7 Candies I Love

1. Twix

2. Reese’s

3. Kit Kat’s

4. Snickers

5. Milky Ways

6. Take 5’s

7. Chocolate covered anything!!!! (I’m a chocolate addict)

Kimsiang’s Category: Movies: Top 7 Movies That Are My Faves

1. Harry Potter

2. Bring it On

3. The Fault in Our Stars

4. The Hunger Games

5. Les Miserables

6. Legally Blonde

7. Pitch Perfect

My Nominees:

Jax @ Defying Gravitas

Audrey @ Forwards and Bookwords

Casey @ Inspired by the Page

Emily @ The Little Book Affair

Alicia @ A Kernal of Nonsense

Jenna @ Reading with Jenna

Summer @ Xingsings


So that is all for today, i honestly think that choosing nominees is harder than the actual award most of the time 😉

Thanks for reading, share your favorite fruits, movies and candy in the comments below, and you know what, wherever you are in the world, at whatever time, i hope you are having a great time.

-Calliope (5)

P.S. I got an instagram! @calliopegoddess, which is the same as my twitter, you can click that social media button to the right 😉

P.P.S. Did you SEE the shadowhunter trailer!!!!???? And the Lady Midnight Cover!!!!!?????