Lady Midnight (Cassandra Clare)

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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.


First things first, I read this book as a buddy read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much and Kat @Life and Other Disasters (click in their names to go to their reviews). It was the first time that we buddy read a book, the three of us, though I buddy read all the time with Cátia, and I had a few already with Kat. It was fun!!! 😀 But hey, we always have fun talking to each other. It took us a long time to finish the book, but this is a monster and coordinating 3 different reading schedules wasn’t easy.

Kat gave us Reasons Why She Enjoyed Lady Midnight – Why Lady Midnight Shattered My Heart!, and Cátia went for 10 Reasons Why Lady Midnight is Freaking Amazing. I will try to not be repetitive, because I want our reviews to complement each other.

So, I will start by saying that I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! Loved it. Despite being in the same amazing Shadowhunters’ Universe, it does feel totally different, and I absolutely loved that. I was a bit worried about this, because a 5 year gap is not that big, but with a totally different setting and family dynamics, The Dark Artifices separates itself super nicely from The Mortal Instruments.

Little things like the fact that Emma and Julian drive, she runs outside, the use of technology, the institute feels like an actual home… PERFECT! And all the pop culture references?! AMAZING!

The central group of characters is huge and diverse and it’s brilliant! First of all, let me say how happy I am that Emma and Jules are both 17 – in the now, because that makes them the most adult couple of protagonists so far (because Clary was 15 when TMI starts… too young!). Despite being young, they are adults, and that opens the door to a lot of things, and I think that is fantastic.

I loved all the main characters. The Blackthorne have already become my favorite set of siblings, and love them all. I think it’s amazing that Cassandra Clare brought diversity into this book, in several forms: we have Cristina and Perfect Diego for one hand, Mark Blackthorn for another, and then there’s Ty. OMG TY!!! Ty is perfect, and this book has the most amazing message in regards to autism. It’s fantastic the way Julian shows how nothing is wrong with his little brother, and gives him time and space to process things his way. *well done Cassie*

Also worth noting is the complexity of each character, even little Tavvy. The more the book advances, the more we know, and still, it is not enough. Secrets still exist, things will collapse, people are broken, and I need more.

I thought the conflict and the “bad guy” and its motivations were pretty well done, how everything was woven together throughout the book. I’m curious to see where it will go on the next book, and how the other 2 elements of the story will intertwine with this.

Lastly, this book broke my heart. I love Julian and I love Emma, and I’m not seeing a way out of their situation, and that is heart-breaking. I was glad that the parabatai thing was explained, I was not happy about it though…

It was awesome to see the characters from the previous two series make some cameos – I love older Jace, I hadn’t even realized how much I had missed him! And also… JESSA!!!! ❤

This is so far my favorite book in the Shadowhunters‘ Universe. Julian as dethroned Jem as my favorite guy. And Emma is my favorite leading lady… 😉

Shadowhunters: Posters

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Yesterday, the Shadowhunters poster was finally released, as well as the character posters you can see below. I have to say, these posters look good, but Kat McNamara still has something about her that doesn’t scream “Clary” to me… I don’t know… What to you guys think?

Shadowhunters First Trailer

Halleluja people! Finally!!! After months of random behind the scenes photos, a few promos and a lot of teasing, Buzzfeed  revealed yesterday the first trailer for the new Shadowhunters series at ABC Family.

By the way, thank you Cátia, best thing ever to wake up at 4 a.m. and having this on my twitter notifications 😀 .

I like it! I think it looks cool!!! Sure, a few things will be different, Jocelyn sending Clary through a portal (?!) is a bit iffy, but hey, I can live with that.

The cast all looks great, and Dom sounds so Jace-like (yay!). My only tiny problem is with Kat and her Clary… I’m still not sure about her acting and this trailer did nothing to calm my nerves about that. Matthew Daddario and Emeraude though, look perfect as the Lightwoods. And Harry as Magnus too 😀 !

Did they make the seraph blades retractable or whatever? Isn’t that a bit weird?

I can’t wait for this show 😀 ! I know most of the cast (or all) has wrapped, so I think that the show is now all in post-production. January can’t come fast enough.

Top Ten Tuesday: Hot Hot Hot!

Welcome to another Tuesday, which means another Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is a FREEBIE! It might sound easy, but nope, not really! lol. After reading a few struggles on twitter about this week’s theme (this is partly your fault Jesse – go check out his post! 😛 ), and still suffering from a huge book hangover due to Ignite Me – where I totally blame the sexy scenes, I decided to make today’s theme: Hot and Steamy Scenes, whether it was a hot steamy kiss, something more or something considerably less… words can go a long way!

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Fair warning, the passages might be graphic! And there will be SPOILERS! If you are not comfortable with steamy scenes from some YA books, turn away! And if you haven’t read these books and don’t want to know anything, again, turn away!!! You have been warned! 😉


1. Warner & Juliette – Unravel Me

I mentioned above how I’m still suffering from a huge book hangover thanks to Ignite Me, right? Unravel Me is to be blamed as well. How else start this list, if not with the wonderful chapter 62 from Unravel Me? If you read the book, you know what I’m talking about… This WILL NOT be their only entry on this list…

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2. Tamlin & Feyre – A Court of Thorns and Roses

This book is all kinds of hot. There are 3 scenes that I totally needed to fan myself to get over, and I’ll mention 2 of them on this list, but the first one is the hall scene…

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3.  Warner & Juliette – Ignite Me

Let’s be honest, for the last 25% of the book they can’t keep their hands off each other, and it’s cute and hot and OMG…. but that moment!!! WOW! Does Tahereh Mafi know how to write sexy scenes or what?! I’m not going to put the whole scene here, because it’s amazing and you should READ IT! I know it almost by heart now, from the countless times that I read it…

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4. Jace & Clary – City of Fallen Angels

Jace and Clary have some pretty steamy throughout the 6 books, a favorite of mine is the one outside the manor, yeah, when they still believe they’re brother and sister… moving on… my second favorite is in City of Fallen Angels, in the alley…

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5. Tessa & Jem – Clockwork Prince

Let’s never ever forget that the first time that Tessa and Jem kissed, they almost slept together. It took Will a lot more to get there 😉 (but then poor Jem had to wait even longer). Still, this scene took my breath away, and I loved every second of it.

Clockwork Prince - Dirty Sexy Bedroom Scene (Cassandra Jean)

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6. Shazi & Khalid – The Wrath & The Dawn

Shahrzad and Khalid’s first kiss is hot hot hot and epic. I’ll even mention the fact that this is their first truly intimate moment, even after they had slept together twice. It’s so so beautiful!

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7. TAMLIN & FEYRE – A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES

Ok, so as I said before, Tamlin and Feyre have some hot scenes on this book, but the actual sex scene actually made me blush so much that I was truly aware that it shouldn’t be read on the train…

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8. Laia & Elias – An Ember in the Ashes

I’ve said it before, I love Laia and Elias together, and I can’t wait for the next book, when they definitely have to spend some more time in each other’s company… Still, the one time they were all alone, it was pretty hot, right?

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9. Will & Tessa – Clockwork Prince

Clockwork Prince was a busy book for Tessa! She rolled around in bed with Jem, and then had a very steamy make out session with Will, on the Lightwood’s balcony in the middle of a party, under the effect of some mood altering drugs… it was still a pretty great scene!

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10. Magnus & Alec – The Course of True Love (and First Dates)

There are so many damn couples in the Shadowhunter’s world, that it’s hard to move away from it. I love Magnus and Alec, they’re my favorite couple in The Mortal Instruments, and their first date is just hilarious! But it’s also super sweet and you should totally read it, if you haven’t already. (I mean, Alec falls down the stairs…)

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Special Mention – Tessa & Jem  – After the Bridge

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention this story, first because it’s Jem and Tessa, secondly, because the whole story is pretty hot, steamy and emotional. Have you read After the Bridge? If not, you can find it here. Let’s just say that while Will always had the fame, Jem was a complete surprise…

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Shadowhunters: cast picture

Yesterday, after Kat’s Q&A on twitter, she released a photo of the main cast (minus Simon), in costume, probably in Magnus loft for his party. Check it out.

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So what do you think? I read a lot of people complaining about Clary’s outfit, remember please, the dress belongs to Izzy, is supposed to be short and revealing. About Isabelle’s dress, I can totally see her using that, she uses some weird stuff throughout the books. About Magnus not being sparkly enough, we’re not having a proper look at him.

I think they all look great, Dom (Jace) is especially hot, as well as Matthew (Alec), as usual too.

Shadowhunters BTS Week 4 (cont.)

After I did the last post, they kept sharing pics… so here’s one more, and this one is HOT!

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It’s episode 3 and they’re already hot and steamy!!!

Shadowhunters BTS Week 4

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First look at the City of Bones:

Then Clary and Izzy bonding, I’m assuming that’s Isabelle’s room and wow, it’s SO Isabelle!!

And Alan being an awesome Valentine (I’m really liking the red runes!):

There was also an amazing exchange between Alan and Jon Cor, about the whole Hodge/Valentine conundrum:

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And a very sweet family pic… they all look so cute:

Jon Cor onset showed us this video of Matthew practicing with his bow and arrow!

Hodge is in the house!

All the gang!!!

And also, Jade Hassouné had a mold of his ears made this week 🙂

A photo of shadowhunter training:

And the gang working out 🙂 , David Castro already in the mixed.

Shadowhunters BTS Week 3 (3)

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After the first few days of the week, which were crazy in terms of tweets of BTS stuff, the rest of the week was a lot calmer. I suspect it will be calmer still from now on. There are more BTS pics, and some with Dom and Matt with their respective girlfriends, and all, but I just wanted to put the cast here. Enjoy.

Shadowhunters BTS Week 3 (2)

604786183They are quite prolific in social media… McG et. al gaves us a few more pictures and little videos to keep us entertained until January… bliss…

I’m in love with that picture of Simon and Izzy, they look so cute. And the one of only the cast, please notice how each pairing is touching each other, oh yeah!

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Shadowhunters BTS Week 3

I was going to wait out until the end of the week… but on the third day they have already posted way to many pictures, so here we go…

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Jon Cor decided to share a pic after working out…

A great picture of Jace and a stele. I know the light is a bit wooky, but I could swear that he’s using contacts… also, that stele!!!

Episode 2 began filming with Jocelyn and Luke (I’m really liking this):

Then some pictures of Izzy:

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This one is hilarious

Specially when Alan (a.k.a. Valentine) decided to comment it:

A couple of nice “Clace” pictures:

Day 12 of filming gave us a couple of very nice Sizzy/Izzy pics:

And also, a shirtless Simon…

This, OMG, this:

And the 4 shadowhunters… chairs!

And… the trio ready for a hunt – and this one might just be my favorite picture of all…

Should we even care that Simon’s “sword” has some kind of pink stuff in it?

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Decisions, decisions.

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