I don't know why I thought I'd love this book. Was it bad- no, but after I read the Clockwork series, I was ruined for the rest of the books. When I read The Mortal Instruments, I was already suffering death by Shadow Hunters. I even tried to watch the tv series- crashed and burned there too! So what made me pick up Lady Midnight, book one in the Dark Artifices series? The fact that I'd already purchased both the book and audiobook. Now, on to what I read...
Just to reiterate, I am a Cassandra Clare fan. She's a phenomenal author, leaving me swept away with Clockwork Prince, Clockwork Princess, and Clockwork Angel, but once I got to The Mortal Instruments, the story shifted- not just in time. It became more of a tumultuous love saga with whiny people and their issues. The rage of the mega plot was pretty cool and that's what created the doorway for Lady Midnight, the Dark Artifices series.
Emma's a problem from the very start, with her deep rooted desire for revenge and closure. Though understandable, she was endangering her parabatai left and right, even with knowing her injuriy or death would damage him too! She's a headstrong warrior who's more temperamental than skillful. Julian is love struck to the point- I figured it out the first few pages of the story! He became a butthole, plain and simple. Never mind the family troubles. Now I'm going to stop there, because they're the reason I really couldn't get into the story.
Because of the main characters, it's next to impossible to get along with the story. The plot could have been so much thicker and better had they not been battling their... No SPOILERS, sorry. I can't tell you what's happening but it's just not the same. The main story was what drove the two characters, but it was all overshadowed. It turned in to super-strengthened teenagers with mundane issues. I can get that anywhere!
So I may be finished with the Shadow Hunter reads. I wasn't happy at all with Lady Midnight, and that's okay. Just means I will have to seek out my YA fixes elsewhere now. Cheers to you, while I move on to the next read!
Margaret K. McElderry Books
March 8, 2016
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