Lady Midnight: The Dark Artifices, Book 1

Book review by Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media
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age 15+

Shadowhunter fans will love, but the romance is nothing new.

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age 12+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 23 reviews

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Best Cassandra Clare Book so far!

4.5 Stars While I had a lot of fun reading The Infernal Devices and The Moral Instruments series, most of them stuck at around 3 Stars for me. This one broke the mold! Emma and Julian are my new favorite Shadowhunters. This was chock full of mystery, humor and little bit of love. I got some major Diviners vibes as well which was awesome! I really loved this, but I'm not blind to its issues. I think the best way to break this one down is going to be with a Pros/Cons List. ✔️ Fun mystery! ✔️ ALL THE ROMANCE TROPES - Seriously we get all of them: Forbidden Love, Friends-Lovers, Love-Triangle, etc. ✔️Julian (and his pancake lovin, artist heart!) - Such a sweetheart, and I relate to him and his relationship with his siblings so much. ✔️Emma - I love it when our Female Leads aren't annoying! She is so much better than Clary ✔️ Lots of humor to keep things light ✔️Fairly Diverse Cast ✔️❌Lots of TWISTS (but easily predictable) ❌Slooooow Start ❌Over-explains frequently making certain scenes drag out too long - The readers are intelligent enough to understand, it becomes redundant after awhile ❌Nearly EVERY character is paired up - It is something I expected with this author but it's a bummer to have it so obvious in book one. I'm hoping for surprises in the future! Overall I really LOVED this one and I'm so looking forward to continuing the series! Content Notes: ⭐⭐ -Language (religious exclamations, some mild swearing - no F-bombs) ⭐⭐⭐-Sexual Content (references, kissing and "off screen" sex scenes) ⭐⭐⭐.5- Violence (non-graphic descriptions of many fight scenes, murders/investigations) Do I have to read TMI/TID before this series? You don't HAVE to but if you want to get the most out of it - read them first. I would compare this to watching the new Star Wars 7 movie without seeing any of the others. You can follow the new story just fine but won't appreciate it fully without the backstory. This series is also chock full of cameos and Easter Eggs from the past books that Shadowhunter fans will love. So if you think you'll ever want to read the other books I would definitely not start with this series first.

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