Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1)

Lady Midnight

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“These pictures are my heart. And if my heart was a canvas, every square inch of it would be painted over with you”

Book Details

Title: Lady Midnight

Author: Cassandra Clare

GenresFantasy, Young Adult, Romance

Publication date: Published March 8th 2016

Number of pages: 698 pages


Synopsis

The bond of a parabatai is one greater than friendship. Tied together by magic they are sworn to protect each other for life. A parabatai can be your best friend; your family; the one who understands your music but they can never fall in love.

“The law is hard but it is the Law.”

Emma Carstairs lives for two things; Revenge and her Parabatai, Julian Blackthorn. Ever since the mysterious death of her parents during the dark war over five years ago Emma has been on the chase for her parent’s murderers. But without the support of the Clave she doesn’t get too far in her findings and every lead has led to a dead end. Things change drastically when the bodies of humans and faeries are discovered, gruesomely murdered in the same way that her parents had been. Her search now takes a giant turn and she delves deeper into the darkness of the shadow world. The clock ticking. Two weeks are given to solve the murders. Mark, Julian’s brother, unexpectedly returns to them, but he is no longer the same. Julian desperately tries to release him from the chains that bind him to the Faerie world.  Secrets are uncovered; some that are better left unknown. Their bond, once sacred, now becomes something to be feared. Will Emma ever find what she’s searching for? They say that revenge gives birth to more revenge. What is she willing to sacrifice to achieve that vengeance?  And why can’t Parabatai ever fall in love?


Cassandra Clare once again immerses us into the world of the ShadowHunters; an enchanting world that I’ve loved and dedicated my time to ever since the release of the Infernal Devices. This new Trilogy, The Dark Artifices, is dated five years after the ending of the Series The Mortal Instruments but fear not my friends, you do not have to go all the way back to the trilogy to get the gist of this story. However if you desire a complete understanding of the Shadowhunter world which consists of the vampires, the werewolves and warlocks, it is advisable that you start from the very beginning (The Clockwork Angel). Please do. Do not miss out on the emotional roller-coaster or the heart break that is bound to follow. There you will meet my one and only love William Herondale. * Fan girling moment*. I’m sorry Julian, but Will will always have my heart :’)

Before I begin raving about the content of this novel, I must first of all take a moment to drool over and marvel at the cover and its title. Like seriously. It is absolutely striking. LADY MIDNIGHT! If that does not grab your attention then I don’t know what will. The cover immediately grips and pulls you in. It certainly did so to me.

I’ve always thoroughly enjoyed a novel featuring a fierce heroine and that is exactly who Emma is. Emma knows no fear. She strives to become the best of the best. She is in fact one of the finest Shadowhunters that has ever existed. She runs faster than anyone, jumps higher and fights better. It was quite refreshing reading through the thoughts of a very driven, tenacious, and witty character which is why I particularly loved this novel. It was different from the Infernal devices where you would have Tessa, a more gentle character or Clary, someone who had been struggling with her origins. This is a girl who knows exactly who she is and excels at it.

Many would over look this novel because the Shadowhunter theme is once again recurring and might think that it would be a bore reading about it. That is not entirely true. Yes, we are being brought into the Shadowhunter world again, but the story is different. First of all the characters are unique. The family is one like no other; each individual contributing to an important part of the story. I loved the depth of the characters. Here you have the audacious Emma and of course, the gorgeous and gentle Julian. Thank you, Cassandra Clare, for once again creating such compelling characters.

Another aspect to love about Lady Midnight is the enhancement of Clare’s writing and descriptive skills, which again makes this novel different from the rest.  Clare successfully conjures vivid images of the shadow world in the readers mind. She triumphs in creating and sustaining the suspense and leaves you yearning for the next book. The plot was well thought-out. We are introduced to aspects of the Shadowhunter world that we had no clue about. Throughout the novel we await to find out whether or not Emma achieves what she wants. Then you have the element of romance which makes the story line ever more intriguing. It will definitely leave you brokenhearted at the end of the novel. This is about a forbidden love between Emma and Julian and although it may seem cliché, its existence and development is interesting because we want to know when or how they will get together. The tension and longing clearly visible to the readers is agonizing to witness. In several cases you would have to fight the urge to strangle or throttle Emma for her appalling decisions. Yeah you can’t exactly physically harm a fictional character but it is the thought that counts.

One might say that the novel starts off at a slow pace but I think it is quite instrumental to the building of tension and suspense and also in the introduction of the Shadowhunter world to those who are new to it. I absolutely recommend this book. I adored it and I hope you do to.

Ciao readers 🙂

“Revenge is a cold bed fellow”.

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Another Page-Turner; The Alchemist Book Review

The Alchemist

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“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too”

Book Details

Title: The Alchemist

Author: Paulo Coelho

Genres: Quest, Adventure fiction, Fantasy literature

Publication date: Published May 1st 1993

Number of pages: 197 pages

Synopsis

The boy’s name is Santiago. Raised to be a priest, he aspired to travel the world. He thus chose to become a shepherd and lived his days realizing his desire. He travels from his homeland to the Egyptian desert to fulfill his “personal legend”. During his journey he meets an old woman, a king, the Alchemist and each of them guide him towards his treasure. He is faced with a series of obstacles, both personal and physical, that threaten to put a stop to his voyage. Would he be able to surmount them? Would he be able trade the familiarity of his homelands to travel the unknown plains of the Egyptian desert? What begins as a journey to uncover unimaginable riches quickly turns into a soul searching, life changing voyage. This is a book about finding ones destiny and following our heart.


To all the Dreamers,

This is a book for you. An absolute page-turner. A life changing read. This author was recommended to me by a close friend and he had said that Paulo Coelho’s books are the kind of books that alters your way of living and places a mark on your world. I must admit that I was at first hesitant to try the book out but now that I have my only regret is not having had read it sooner. This is not your conventional book but readers, please, do not let that dissuade you. Everything about this read will be worth it. I cannot even begin to express how much of an impact this has had on me.

I am very much aware that this book might not be to everyone’s liking and that different people will have varying ways of interpreting this story. Here is a tip to grasping the essence of this novel. Pay particular attention to the conversations between the boy and his confidantes. Most of them convey a powerful message that needs to be reckoned with.

I had to read this book twice before I wrote this review and I plan to read it again. This was not because I did not understand the content and had to give it another go. Oh no. It is simply because I wanted to grasp every single message conveyed by this novel. I wanted to ensure that I didn’t miss out on anything and also because it is an absolutely inspirational read. It moved me; not in the manner at which a sappy, tear-jerking romance novel would normally move me but instead this urged me forward. It reignited that burning desire to keep persevering towards my aim. It very much reminded me of why I started this blog in the first place.

Told from a third person limited perspective (through one characters perspective), the author narrates the journey of the boy, Santiago. His journey in many ways reflects our journey through life and towards achieving our purpose which is why many people would be able to connect and relate to the story. The writing method and vocabulary is quite simple and modern so any Dick, Tom or Harry can get through this book without difficulty. While scrolling through the reviews of this book I found that it got quite a bit of negative feed backs and I cannot fathom why. I loved it. Absolutely and utterly loved it. Now this is a book that I’m going to be bringing with me to university. Books like this are the reason why I read in the first place. While a good book to lose one’s self in is satisfying, reading a book that changes you and widens your vision is entirely fulfilling.

I was thinking of ways to balance out this review because hey, I’ve mentioned a bucket load of positives and no negatives but I cannot find it in me to negatively criticize this. Here’s something that must be noted though. The characters are not very well developed. Many of them do not have names and we are not given a background or an insight into their character but I believe that this was done for a reason. We as readers are not meant to focus on the characterization of each character but instead are to focus on the message being conveyed by the author. By not formulating distinctive characters we are saved from forming attachments and losing sight of the fables’ moral. I think that this aspect of the novel was brilliantly thought out. Well this is hands down a brilliant novel. I fear that my review does not do this book enough justice. You must give this a chance. Prepare to have your life set into focus. Enjoy my dear readers.

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”

Sea-Side Serenity ☀🌴

Where We Began

Vast waters are what they see;

A boundless body painted

a shimmering turquoise shade,

But my sight differs entirely.

I see the ocean we swam in;

the waves that held us down.

My legs entangled around your waist;

the lips that had met mine.

I see the arms that had embraced me,

and chased the waters chill away.

I feel the heat of the relentless sun,

beating down upon our skin.

 

They see the sand and its creamy hue;

the tiny lumps and the golden grains.

I see the spot we slept upon;

the specks of sand on your cheek;

I see your whispers; I feel your touch.

I see the smile I love so much.

 

They see the ocean and the sand,

I see the place where we began.