Q&A Review: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare


Written by: Cassandra Clare
Release Date: March 8th 2016
Pages: 668, hardcover
Series:The Dark Artifices #1
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In a kingdom by the sea…

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

A 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.

1) Best Part of this Book?

BLACKTHORN FAMILY OH MY GOD. This whole group of characters that comes together as this crazy little adorable family. Like I cannot even begin to tell you how adorable and wonderful they were. They all cared about each other and took care of each other and just one big huge family.

2) Favorite character?

Can I say everyone? No. Okay. Then probably Julian. I loved seeing how the reversal of roles, he’s the homebody, he’s the Mom of the family. He takes care of the kids while Emma goes out and fights the demons. I think Julian was probably the cutest thing that I’d ever seen, he was also so precious and he deserves all of the good things. He’d better be happy by the end of this series or I will be angry.

3) Worst part of this book?

Oh god the pain. I knew it’d hurt, like I knew it going into this book. I got to get into City of Bones late enough that I knew the truth about the twist. But this one I’m gonna have to live through it and ugh I dislike it a lot.

4) Favorite Quote?

“When you love someone, they become a part of who you are. They’re in everything you do. They’re in the air you breathe and the water you drink and the blood in your veins. Their touch stays on your skin and their voice stays in your ears and their thoughts stay in your mind. You know their dreams because their nightmares pierce your heart and their good dreams are your dreams too. And you don’t think they’re perfect, but you know their flaws, the deep-down truth of them, and the shadows of all their secrets, and they don’t frighten you away; in fact you love them more for it, because you don’t want perfect. You want them. You want—”

He broke off then, as if realizing everyone was looking at him again.

“You want what?” said Dru with enormous eyes

“Nothing,” Julian said. “I’m just talking.”

5) Was it what’s Expected?

Yes it was actually. Cassandra Clare’s books are always so dang solid that I knew that’s what I was going to get going into this. I knew that I was going to be in love with this book. I’ve yet to be let down by anything Cassie has written. Heartbroken, gutted? Of course. But never let down


If you think that you need to read Cassandra Clare’s other series to read this one, it’s not quite true. Yes you’re gonna get spoilers for the rest of the series, you’re gonna know what happens, but you don’t specifically need them for background information. If you’ve tried City of Bones and it wasn’t your thing, then I highly recommend trying this new series out. You might like it a whole lot more.


Mini Review: Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen

Written by: Sarah Andersen
Release Date: March 8, 2016
Pages: 112, Paperback
Series: Standalone
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BookAre you a special snowflake? Do you love networking to advance your career? Have you never wasted a fresh new day surfing the internet? Ugh. This book is not for you. Please go away.

Sarah’s Scribbles — casually drawn, perfectly on-point comics by young Brooklyn-based artist Sarah Andersen — confront head-on the horrors, anxiety, and awkwardness of modern adult life. From the agony of holding hands with a gorgeous guy to the yawning pit of hell that is the wifi gone down to the eye-watering pain of eating too-hot pizza because one cannot stand to wait for it to cool down, Sarah fearlessly documents it all.

Like the work of fellow Millennial authors Allie Brosh, Grace Helbig, and Gemma Correll, Sarah’s total frankness on extremely personal issues such as body image, self-consciousness, introversion, relationships, and bra-washing makes her comics highly relatable and consistently hilarious.


I’m sure you’ve all seen Sarah Scribbles around the internet. They get posted to Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, everything. They all tell stories of your life. Trust me, you’ll find them all crazy relatable. I don’t know if there are specifically new stories here in this bind up, but there were certainly some I’d never seen before.

To say that I spent half of my time crying with laughter would be a vast understatement. My ribs hurt by the time I was done, I can’t even get over how these comics constantly related to my life. More than once I told a family member “Come read this” or “I’m printing this out and handing it to people.” Just because Sarah Scribbles nailed my life.

This book is so completely worth reading, I can’t begin to tell you. I’m decently sure I need to buy myself several copies so I can give them to friends so they can enjoy the laughter and joy that I got from each and every page of Sarah Scribbles.

I think the best way to end this is with my favorite image (One that’s also in the book)



ARC Review: Beyond the Red by Ava Jae

Written by: Ava Jae
Release Date: March 1, 2016
Pages: 360, hardcover
Series: Standalone (I hope not, but that’s what Goodreads says!)
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Thank you to Sky Pony Press and Edelweiss for the ARC!

BookAlien queen Kora has a problem as vast as the endless crimson deserts. She’s the first female ruler of her territory in generations, but her people are rioting and call for her violent younger twin brother to take the throne. Despite assassination attempts, a mounting uprising of nomadic human rebels, and pressure to find a mate to help her rule, she’s determined to protect her people from her brother’s would-be tyrannical rule.

Eros is a rebel soldier hated by aliens and human alike for being a half-blood. Yet that doesn’t stop him from defending his people, at least until Kora’s soldiers raze his camp and take him captive. He’s given an ultimatum: be an enslaved bodyguard to Kora, or be executed for his true identity—a secret kept even from him.

When Kora and Eros are framed for the attempted assassination of her betrothed, they flee. Their only chance of survival is to turn themselves in to the high court, where revealing Eros’s secret could mean a swift public execution. But when they uncover a violent plot to end the human insurgency, they must find a way to work together to prevent genocide.


Kissing and politics–a combination after my own heart! Add in humans rebelling against an alien regime, a young alien queen struggling to keep her throne and protect her people, and a young half-blood soldier who doesn’t really belong with either people, some cool technology, the opposite-sides-fall-in-love trope, and you have this exciting, tension-filled book.

I don’t read science fiction all that often and I really don’t know why, because when I do I end up loving it. And of course, I loved this book. It took me a lot longer to read than I expected, but that was really more my fault than the book’s–as I noted before, I really shouldn’t try to read things around finals. However, Beyond the Red was just as good as I’d expected from the author’s Twitter and blog presence. The world was vivid and compelling, and two protagonists were sympathetic and had believable voices.

When I was looking up information about this book, I found out that it was listed as a standalone, which it isn’t. At all. So I’m hoping that this is a mistake on Goodreads or that Ava Jae gets a deal for a second book and we get a proper conclusion.

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ARC Review: A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

Written by: Brittany Cavallaro
Release Date: March 1st, 2016
Pages: 336, Hardcover
Series: Charlotte Holmes, #1
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The last thing sixteen-year-old Jamie Watson–writer and great-great-grandson of the John Watson–wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s enigmatic, fiercely independent great-great-granddaughter, who’s inherited not just his genius but also his vices, volatile temperament, and expertly hidden vulnerability. Charlotte has been the object of his fascination for as long as he can remember–but from the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else.

Then a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Holmes stories, and Jamie and Charlotte become the prime suspects. Convinced they’re being framed, they must race against the police to conduct their own investigation. As danger mounts, it becomes clear that nowhere is safe and the only people they can trust are each other.

Equal parts tender, thrilling, and hilarious, A Study in Charlotte is the first in a trilogy brimming with wit and edge-of-the-seat suspense.


I don’t know where to start with this book. I don’t. Okay like I love Sherlock on BBC, and I love old movies with Sherlock. Now I should mention I’ve not actually read any Sherlock books by Arthur Conan Doyle, don’t ask me why, I just have a really hard time with classic books. Hopefully that will change here very soon, especially since Megan over at MagicBookBuyer got me an amazing bind up of Sherlock books for Christmas. But anyway! I was super excited about A Study in Charlotte. I liked the new twists and ideas that Cavallaro was bringing to this book. I just hoped that she was able to live up to the character of Sherlock, he’s not exactly an easy character to write.

I didn’t need to worry. Cavallaro handled the character of Sherlock in such an amazing way that I was simply thrilled any time Charlotte started speaking. But the best thing, and the thing I have to tip my hat to is the fact that Charlotte isn’t Sherlock. Sure she’s a Holmes, she’s got all the deducing powers of one too, but she isn’t cold and emotionless. Oh she tries, yes she tries. But she isn’t. Cavallaro took this character of Sherlock, kept his essence, kept the really important parts of him, and made her own character in Charlotte and for that alone I would give this book some serious stars.

But I suppose we should dive in to real review stuff before I just turn into a raving fangirl…


I’ve seen people mention the problems of the drugs, and sex, and language of this book. And don’t get me wrong they’re here in this book. F-words are thrown around for both character development and I’m sure, shock value. If this is something that is going to bother you, then probably skip this one. However, if you’re on the fence about picking up this book because of it lemme say this: My 52 year old mother read Charlotte and raves about it more than I do.


I mentioned the character of Charlotte already, but she was just such an amazing aspect of this book I’m mentioning it again. She is just about my favorite portrayal of Holmes. She is so desperate to be who her family wants to be, she wants to be the perfect reincarnation of her famous great-great-grandfather. But the truth is that she cares about people, and especially Jamie. Essentially she’s precious. Jamie Watson should me mentioned here too, because he’s just as great as well, he’s baffled by Holmes, often times wants to throttle her, and yet can’t quite stop adoring her. He’s fascinated by her, and already half in love with her at the start of the book. He adores watching her work, and comes with quite a few smarts of his own. Jamie is precious too okay.

One other good point I want to talk about has some minor spoilers for the very start of the book. If you like going in completely blind don’t read past NOW. Charlotte was raped not long before the story starts. But the way that Cavallaro handles it is just so amazingly done. She doesn’t mention it and ignore it. Charlotte has to deal with it in her own Holmes way. Jamie has to deal with helping her and it is handled exactly how it should be.

I haven’t mentioned the mystery at all until now, but let me say I was surprised by the who-dun-it at the end. I of course don’t go into these books trying to solve the murder, I let the characters do it and roll with them. But even if I HAD been looking for it, I don’t think I could’ve solved it. The mystery was sprinkled so lightly throughout the book that it was a work of science.

And my final point because this is getting out of hand is the fact that Cavallaro is a genius. On her twitter she’s been talking about Easter Eggs she sprinkled through A Study in Charlotte and I’m just in awe. I missed so many of them. Now I already want to go back and reread and try and find more of them.


YES. YES. YES. This book is already a favorite of mine and I can’t wait to see where the series goes from here. It’s a masterfully done piece of work.