My rating: 4 of 5 stars
But we loved with a love that was more than love-
For me, this line from Edgar Allan Poe’s Annabel Lee perfectly summarizes what this book is all about.
Emma and Julian are not ordinary teenagers. Apart from being shadowhunters – half-human/half-angels who protect these world from demons- Julian is responsible of raising his four siblings and Emma would do anything to avenge her parents. All of these are because of the Dark War led by Sebastian Morgestern as the Clave, the shadowhunter government, believes. But Emma knows better, someone else killed her parents and she’d go to great lengths to find out who. Lady Midnight focuses on the Los Angeles Institute and on an investigation about a series of killings. Typical Shadowhunter Jobs. But there’s a lot more at stake, secrets have to be kept and not everyone is what they seems. In the middle of all the secrets and dangers, Emma and Julian have each other, fighting side by side as parabatais. But they loved with a love that was more than love. The forbidden kind.
A lot of people are annoyed that there is another Shadowhunter book. But I say you can’t have too many. After reading the Mortal Instruments Series and the Infernal Devices series, I wanted more stories. I wanted more of the Shadowhunters’ lives and adventures. There is something unique about Shadowhunters that seem to draw me in. Cassandra Clare writes beautifully. She writes chapters in such a way that will keep you hooked, thrilled and asking for more.
But it’s not the writing style that keeps us all interested in the Shadowhunter World, it’s the characters. Yes, they’re almost all the same – a strong heroine and a hero that is both fierce and gentle that girls fall heads over heels for. But they all seem so real. Except for them being half-angel. What they say and what they feel seems like something a real person would say. That’s Cassandra Clare’s talent- she can make characters so relatable that she can make you laugh with them and cry with them. And by the way, I absolutely loved Mark. Still love Jem more though.
And I also liked how this book centered about love – all kinds of love- family, friendship and romantic love. And there’s also a lot of human emotions involved such as vengeance and desperation.
This book also teaches us that sometimes good people do bad things in the name of love. It might be wrong but a part of me completely understands that. It doesn’t justify it though. But I still think that we all need to remember this:
NO ONE is ever the billain of their own story.
Overall, I hgihly recommend this book to people who loves reading young adult books. This book is action-packed but at the same time is full of emotion. I found myself punching pillows throughout the book. Definitely a great read especially for Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices fans.