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#FridayReads: Lady Midnight

Hey Bibliomaniacs,

It is 17 minutes into Saturday, and I realized I didn’t post my #Fridayreads up yet. I have been reading Lady Midnight, by Cassandra Clare. I am Lady Midnightabout 54% of the way through the book.

I have been realizing a few things that have changed in my reading process. The major change is I enjoy reading from E-books, way more than reading a physical copy. Secondly, I read a lot faster when I read an e-book. As much as I love how my books look on my shelf, I am very much enjoying the process of reading e-books. One thing I love about E-books is that amazon offers very cheap audiobooks of the books you buy as e-books. This is especially awesome if you re reading thicker books like “A Game of Thrones”.

Synopsis: 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.(Goodreads)

My Bookish Thoughts:

I hope to read at least 200 hundred pages of “Lady Midnight”, this weekend. As of today, I have read 83 pages. The book is really picking up, and I am very much enjoying the setting of the story as it is set in L.A. I think that the character development although rapid, it is really interesting and engaging to see how the characters deal with certain situations. Also, there is a lot of suspense and mystery in the plot. I’m enjoying all the forbidden love aspects in this book, and find it to be very fast paced and entertaining.

What are you guys reading this weekend? If you have an book recommendations feel free to leave a commit or connect with me on Twitter at: rinareviewsbks

With Warm Cups of Tea, And just a Few more Chapters,

Rina

Book Review

City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare

200px-City_of_Bones Title: City of Bones

 Author: Cassandra Clare

 Series: The Mortal Instruments 

 Pages: 453

 Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

 Synopsis: A young girl named Clary, discovers that the world she has always known isn’t as simple  as it seems. After going to a night club where she witnesses a murder by a group of teenagers that  only she can see, Clary gets thrown into a world of demons and demon hunters that call  themselves “Shadowhunters”.  She would like nothing more than to go back to her perfect world  before demons. But, when her mother gets kidnapped and a demon is sent to attack Clary, she has no choice but to seek help from the kids that she saw at the night club. Within a 24 hour period Clary, is sucked into the shadowhunters world, befriending the 3 teenagers Jace, Isabelle and Alec and discovering that she may just have more in common with them than she thinks.

Review: I have  read this book twice, I have very mixed feelings on this book. This is the first book in a series so, it was a little slow as it through out a lot information at the reader regarding the characters, and the back story of the world building that Cassandra Clare does.

Clary, our main character I found to be a little whinny and annoying throughout the novel, least to say she wasn’t my favorite character and I had a hard time connecting with her. She seemed a little clueless and lost even with the most trivial things.The characters are phenomenal, they really make the world of the shadowhunters come alive. Jace, is witty and has a hard shell exterior about him, but throughout the novel it makes you wonder if someone or something will break him. He is a strong warrior as well.

Alec and Isabelle were great and interesting background characters in the novel. They  really tied in all the lose ends that revolved around Clary and Jace. It was great and entertaining to witness the teamwork that Alec, Isabelle and Jace have together and the compassion they share for one another.

My favorite character was Simon, who is Clary’s best friend. I loved him because I could totally see my self being friends with him and through out the novel I would just get giggly with how funny and such a boy next door feel he gave me. 

Within the good guys there were the bad guys, our main antagonist Valentine, was purely and evil genius. He wanted to steal the mortal cup in order to make more shadowhunters. He was such a perfect evil character because he truly believes in the cause that he is trying to succeed in. There is a lot of mystery surrounding him and he has the power to connect all the characters together. I thought that his character was very well written.

Overall, I gave this book a 4/5 stars as it captivated my attention, and connected to most of the characters. It had me rooting at the edge of the seat. Be prepared that it is a little slow at the beginning as it is filling you in on the world that the reader is about to enter.