Book Review: Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1)

Posted March 18, 2016 by booksbeautyandcoffee in Book Reviews / 2 Comments

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lady midnightBook: Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1)

Author: Cassandra Clare

Published: March 8, 2016

Genre: Young adult, Fantasy, Romance

Summary: 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 Review

I honestly say I have no idea where to go with this review right now. I literally just finished this book only minutes ago, and I’m sitting down to type up all my feels. It won’t be posted right away, because I want everyone to get a good enough chance to read it, but I’m reviewing it now and the feels are fresh, people.

I know I try not to put spoilers in my book reviews because I want everyone to be able to read them and somehow help them choose to read, or not to read, a book, buuuuut I might not be able to make it happen with this review. I’m sorry, I’ll totally warn before the spoilery section begins, but I’m just letting you know now.

I guess I could always just sum up my feelings in a gif, as I always do. I think I’d have to pick this one:

feels so many feels

This has got to be the best books I’ve read, so far, in 2016. It’s got so many twists, so many twists. The new characters are literally the best, and the cameos the old characters make are so perfect. I’m so happy that they were in the book, but not in a way that made it seem like they had to be squeezed in it, they just fit perfectly.

Guys, I think I’m going to have to make this the start of the spoilers because I can’t come up with anything else that doesn’t have them. So go read the book and come back so we can discuss! I need someone to fangirl with over this!

Spoilers Starting Now

Alright, my spoilery people. Can we just get one big ‘holy shit’ out of the way? Because, seriously? Holy. Shit. I don’t even know how to start! I literally can’t even process how many plot twists there were, and how perfectly everything was done.

But I can start off with saying that I’m so torn on how I feel about Emma. I really, really like her because she’s a bad ass, she takes control of everything, and she doesn’t care what others think. But also, she kind of reminds me of Jace, but a girl. Did anyone else get that vibe? Like, at some points, I literally just rolled my eyes at the things she did. And by some points, I really just mean that ending.

Like, Emma! Come on! I know you have to hurt Julian to get him to back off, but did you have to break my baby?!

gross cinder

Alright, I’m going to back off from the romance of the book now, and I’m going to talk about the plot. The. Freaking. Plot.

So what the hell, Clare? I don’t know what to even think right now! I know that there are tons of plot twists in her books, they’re literally so good every single time, but I can usually get a gist of what’s going to happen. However, when it came out that it was Malcolm who was the Guardian….

what the damn hell

I honestly had no inkling that that was going to be the twist. I could totally see it being their tutor, but then again I was really hoping it wouldn’t be because that’s exactly what happened in City of Bones. And if you’re a fan of Cassie, you know that she gets a lot of shit for writing about the same world for several series. I’m not going to get into my opinion of that, because that’s a whole other story, but I’m so glad that it wasn’t the same as what Hodge did in City of Bones.

I’m really curious to see where the hell she goes with the story line now that the main villain we met in book one is, ya know, dead at the bottom of the ocean and all.

Also, what the heck was up with the very last scene with Mark and Emma? I mean, I’m all for a ship that wasn’t really meant to ever sail, but I really didn’t see this one coming. For once in my life, I actually shipped the canon, meant to happen, ship, and now she throws this at me?

My heart, it’s breaking. But like, in a good way.


That sums up this book. It breaks your heart, but you like it.

My Rating

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  • Oh my! I just bought this book today! I’ve heard SO many good things about it! I’m excited to start it!

    • It’s such a good read! I’m excited for you hahah, I wish I could read for the first time again!