book review: lady midnight by cassandra clare ~ an wildly compelling story

25494343.jpgPublisher: McElderry Books
Release Date
: March 8 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Rating: 5 stars
Goodreads Blurb: 

In a kingdom by the sea…

In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.

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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Beautiful People :: July Edition

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Hey guys! I finally took the plunge and decided to participate in the July Edition of Beautiful People. Beautiful People is a linkup hosted by Sky and Cait and it’s designed to help writers get to know their characters. For a while now, I’d been wrestling with the plot of my book (The Good, The Bad, The Inbetween or TGTBTI) and writer’s block but yesterday I finally sat down and fixed it..I think. Anyway, I decided I needed to flesh out my characters some more and I know Beautiful People will help me do that. TGTBTI alternates between the POVs of my two MC’s: Sara and Sindhu so this post is going to feature both of them. (The images below were taken from the pinterest board dedicated to TGTBTI. The girl on the left is Sara and the girl on the right is Sindhu.)

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Q&A

1. What’s their favourite ice cream flavour?

Sindhu loves cookies n’ cream icecream while Sara prefers vanilla.

2. Your character is getting ready for a night out. Where are they going? What are they wearing? Who will they be with?

Sindhu is a very shy, introverted character but she does love her night outs with friends. I think Sindhu would probably wear a sweater dress over black leggings and boots. Sara would probably pick something like a black strapless mini (that just happens to show some cleavage). The MC’s usually play the role of “good girls” and hang out at the nearest Starbuck’s coffee shop in Stanley but if they really want to party, they’ll head to a bar in Lan Kwai Fong. Sindhu doesn’t have very many friends because she can be pretty antisocial but Sara occasionally hangs out with people from their school.

3. Look at your character’s feet. Describe what you see there. Do they wear dress shoes, gym shoes, or none at all? Are they in socks that are ratty and full of holes? What do they consider comfortable and what do they consider agony?

Sindhu is all about comfort so she’ll be wearing sports shoes 90% of the time. Heels are the bane of her existence but Sara loves them (too bad you can’t run in them right?).

4. Do they have any birthmark or scars? Where are they and how did they get them?

Sara doesn’t have a birthmark but Sindhu has one right next to her belly button.

5. What kind of music do they listen to? Does it change depending on their mood or is it always consistent? (Feel free to share samples!)

The music definitely changes depending on their mood – they both like to listen to something that matches their mood and gravitate toward the more “popular” songs. Sindhu likes bollywood music and Sara occasionally listens to American pop music.

6. Do they have any musical talent? Play an instrument? How’s their singing voice?

Sindhu is in Women’s Choir so she has a great singing voice (but she never does solos because *ack* stage fright!). Sara’s really outspoken and confident but unfortunately she doesn’t make music.

7. What kind of book would you catch them reading?

Sindhu: The Fault in our Stars

Sara: Pretty Little Liars

8. How would they spend their summers (or their holidays)?

Sara would go to Hawaii and spend 90% of her time on the beach. Sindhu, on the other hand, would probably be holed up in her room, reading something or watching youtube.

9. It’s Saturday at noon. What is your character doing? Give details. Ex. If they’re eating breakfast, what’s on the menu? Are they hiking, shopping, lazing around?

Sara will be waking up because she slept late last night. Then she’s going to eat some frozen yogurt and granola bars for breakfast (she’s lazy). Sindhu is probably trying and failing to do homework because she has a huge stack of library books waiting to be read…and then decides to just eat lunch (dhal and rice).

10. Is there anything your character wants to be free of?

Sara is trying to overcome her anxiety issues – she used pills to cope before and that ruined her friendship with Sindhu. But after Shawn’s death, she can’t bear the thought of living life in a daze any more. Sindhu is struggling with the guilt she feels for not taking action after finding out what Shawn was going through. She thinks that if she had done something, he might not have had suicide.

So what are you guys working on at the moment? I’d love to read any teasers/snippets/summaries and anything else you want to share with me. 

The Bookish Love Tag

the bookish love tag

Hey guys,

Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense did this book tag and I thought I might try it too! So let’s get started….

Name Three Book Boyfriends:

  1. Daemon from the Lux series
  2. Chaol from the Throne of Glass series
  3. Jeb from Splintered

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List Three OTPs:

  1. Celaena and Chaol from Throne of Glass series. I have to agree with Alicia on this one. These two were (are?) perfect together and I mean..they are perfect okay?!
  2. Daemon and Katy from the Lux series. These two are so cute and I seriously wish I had my own Daemon!
  3. Cinder and Kai from the Lunar Chronicles. I spent most of the book (Cinder) rooting for them and finally it worked out! Sigh…

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Favorite 1st kiss (SPOILER ALERT):

Simon and Blue from Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda. Don’t even get me started on these two – they are such a cute gay couple. There’s actually so much buildup in the book, to the point where I am freaking out because I gotta know…does it work out? Is it true love? I mean, what is happening?!?!

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What couple had the greatest sexual tension?

Feyre and Tamlin from ACOTAR. There’s so much sexual tension in this book but when they do get together..well let’s just say a girl’s gonna blush.

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Name a couple who would…

go to a fancy restaurant for a date

Isla and Josh from Isla and the Happily Ever After

go on a picnic/walk on the beach

Aria and Perry from the Under The Never Sky Trilogy

stay at home and watch Netflix

Tris and Four from Divergent.

go dancing

Cricket and Lola from Lola and the Boy Next Door

Name a couple you want to be together.

Arin and Kestrel from The Winner’s Trilogy. I love how they try so hard to protect each other but oh gosh, the tension and misunderstanding between them was killing me. protect you_zpsjwqd05y0

Which couple do you hate?

Sorry but I don’t have one…

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So anyway..I TAG YOU NOW! And feel free to share some of your favorite couples in the comments below 🙂