Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Teaser Tuesday: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat.
To play along just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare.

Lady Midnight –
Margaret K. McElderry Books

“You look worried,” said Livvy. “Is Emma taking you somewhere to kill you?”
“Worse,” Emma said, heading over to join Cristina at the door. “Shopping.”
— Chapter 13

For the weight of a thousand lies, told in good faith, because lies told in good faith were still lies.
— Chapter 20

I honestly don’t know how to start this ... maybe with the fact that I was making distressed high-pitched keening noises throughout the book and decided early on that this could only be read in a non-public environment lest people think I’m in pain and separate me from the book. A good book let’s you close it with a wistful smile ... and for me a brilliant book has you in the foetal position wailing about the unfairness of it all and how will any of this ever be alright again? (Cassie, I trust you completely, but you better find a way.)
The Blackthorns (and Emma) are so very precious and if anyone is ever trying to hurt them in any capacity, I won’t guarantee for anything. Same goes for Cristina. And to some extent Kieran. And Kit. And ... I think you get the idea. I’m so very afraid of what will happen in the next book, especially as some of the hurt seems inevitable and coming from within. It’s perfectly horrible in a beautiful, agonising way. (I also notice that my vocabulary regarding descriptions of pain has been considerably broadened by knowing Cassandra Clare ...)
In short: This book is 720 pages of masterfully executed emotional heart-shattering. I need my group therapy members to catch up reading as soon as possible because shared anguish is always preferable. And I also need someone to laugh when I quote all the wonderful wit and sarcasm.
You definitely can read this series without having read any of the other books, but it is so much more fun if you know all the cameos ... and seriously why wouldn’t you want to read the other books, you will need all the practice you can get to steel yourself against the heartache and soul-twisting the next books will cause. And this book clearly spoils the previous two series.
As for a lot of the criticism that this is (depending on how you count) the tenth or twelfth book in the Shadowhunter universe: No one is forcing this book upon anyone and there are obviously enough readers out there who are absolutely thrilled to return to this story world. No one is wondering why Rick Riordan keeps writing in the Demigod universe or J.R. Ward and the Black Dagger Brotherhood or John Grisham writing yet another legal thriller set in – gasp – the real world. If the writer has stories left to tell in their world then by all means let them and if you don’t like it there are literally tons of other books published each week that you could read instead without being a troll about it.

Is there a story universe you could read in forever? I love it when authors create a world so thoroughly that they can dive back into it and take me as a reader right along. In addition to all the new worlds I like to explore in other books. Share thoughts and teasers in the comments.


karen said...

Oh I HATE it when people complain that a series is too long! Uhhh ... hello ... LIFE is long (if you're lucky)!

Book Loving Mommy said...

I love this series and now my daughter is reading them! I can't wait to read this one, although I love to shop so that wouldn't be worse than death for me! Here is my teaser: http://booklovingmommy.blogspot.com/2016/03/teaser-tuesday-if-you-find-me-by-emily.html

Majanka Verstraete said...

OMG OMG I can't wait to read this!

My TT post.

proxyfish said...

I've been umming and arring over whether to read Cassandra Clare for a while now. Maybe I'll sneak one onto my tbr list... :D

My teaser is from Envy of Angels by Matt Wallace

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