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  • Queen of Air and Darkness

  • The Dark Artifices, Book 3
  • By: Cassandra Clare
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 30 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,340
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,230

Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. In the wake of the tragic death of Livia Blackthorn, the Clave teeters on the brink of civil war. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees to Los Angeles, seeking to discover the source of the disease that is destroying the race of warlocks. Meanwhile, Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and undertake a perilous mission to Faerie to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal!!!

  • By Samantha R on 12-08-18

5 Stars for Queen of Air and Darkness

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-22-19

5 Stars for Queen of Air and Darkness!

I loved Queen of Air and Darkness! This is the final book in The Dark Artifices series and you have to read the previous books, so this review will be short and spoiler free.

This book was an emotional rollercoaster ride from beginning to end. The early chapters were gut-wrenching, picking up from where the last book left off. I knew this part of the story was going to be difficult, but I wasn’t prepared for how emotional it left me. Had I known I would not have started listening to the audiobook while driving to work (I was in tears by the time I arrived at work). Cassandra Clare delivered an amazing finale filled with action, suspense, romance, friendship and family unity.

If you haven’t read Cassandra Clare’s books you should be prepared for the subplots within her stories. Some readers might find this frustrating, but I enjoy seeing what the other characters are dealing with and how in the end their stories connect. This does make for a slow pace which I also don’t mind since I love this world so much. I loved the creative twists in the story. It was surprising and entertaining, and it allowed some of the characters to heal from their grief. Along with her talented storytelling are the characters she creates, whom I’ve grown to love. Friends from other series join the fight, but it is Emma and the Blackthorns who shine in this book. From the youngest Blackthorn, Tavvy, to the eldest, Helen, they each play an important role in keeping their family together. Emma continues to be the fierce fighter devoted to loving and protecting the Blackthorns. There are so many supporting characters in this series that deserve a shout out and shown some love, it is so easy for me to get lost and addicted to this world. I loved the closure for this series and the peak into the books to come. Now I must endure the long wait for her next release.

I listened to the audiobooks for this entire series and I loved James Marsters performance. Marsters (Spike from TV’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer) brought the story to life. I was amazed at the range of voices he created for the characters. His performance for the evil Riders of Mannan gave me goosebumps. If you enjoy audiobooks I highly recommend listening to this series in this format.

I love the Shadowhunters world and I can’t wait for the next Cassandra Clare book.

  • Archenemies

  • Renegades, Book 2
  • By: Marissa Meyer
  • Narrated by: Dan Bittner, Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 637
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 587
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 585

Time is running out. Together, they can save the world. But they each other’s worst nightmare. Nova’s double life is about to get a lot more complicated: As Insomnia, she is a full-fledged member of the Renegades, a syndicate of powerful and beloved superheroes. She works with Adrian’s patrol unit to protect the weak and maintain order in Gatlon City. As Nightmare, she is an Anarchist - a group of of villains who are determined to destroy the Renegades. Nova wants vengeance against the so-called heroes who once failed her when she needed them most.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overall Good, Pacing a Problem

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-09-18

Another hit from Marissa Meyer!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-29-18

Archenemies is the second book in the Renegades series, and I loved it!

Why did I love Archenemies?

• I love Marissa Meyer’s storytelling, so I was not disappointed with Archenemies. In this world there is no clear line between “good” and “evil”, as you’ll see in the politics of this society. Meyer clearly allows readers to understand what drives both sides actions, which makes it difficult to choose who is right and wrong. This adds conflict to the plot and readers see how the characters handle moral issues. Along with the seriousness of the story there is exciting action, funny moments and sweet romance that always makes Meyer’s books entertaining.
• Meyer’s writing always consists of well-developed and complex characters. In Archenemies I was drawn to the “good” and “evil” characters. I loved the characters and I enjoyed seeing the supporting characters get some spotlight. It was fun watching the banter between Ruby and Oscar. Adrian and Nova’s relationship is slowly growing into more than friends, but their secrets can jeopardize any future they can have together. The hopeless romantic in me wishes they will find their HEA at the end of this series. Nova continues to be torn between her alliances and her struggle is clear and realistic. I felt a connection with all the characters which made it easy for me to get lost in this world.
• The dual narration of Rebecca Soler and Dan Bittner was perfect. They brought to life the story and characters. I love that they both create distinct voices for each character and their personalities shine through. If I see Rebecca Soler as the narrator, it’s an automatic purchase for me. I love Rebecca Soler!

The ending of Archenemies is another chilling cliffhanger and I can’t wait for the next book!

  • The Darkest Star

  • Origin Series, Book 1
  • By: Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139

Seventeen-year-old Evie Dasher knows firsthand the devastating consequences of humanity's war with the aliens. When she's caught up in a raid at a notorious club known as one of the few places where humans and the surviving Luxen can mingle freely, she meets Luc, an unnaturally beautiful guy she initially assumes is a Luxen...but is in fact something much more powerful. Her growing attraction for Luc will lead her deeper and deeper into a world she'd only heard about, a world where everything she thought she knew will be turned on its head.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LUC is BACK!!

  • By Listening is Reading on 11-05-18

Loved this!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-27-18

The Darkest Star is a must read for Lux fans. I love Luc!

My thoughts

I loved being back in the world of Lux! Over the summer I finished the Lux series, so the story and characters are still fresh in my mind. The Darkest Star picks up several years after the finale in the Lux series. The world is different now that the truth of the Luxen alien’s existence has come to light. Evie Dasher is your normal teenager, juggling high school and a social life. Breaking the rules, she and her friend go to a night club for Luxens and humans. The night doesn’t turn out as planned when Evie meets Luc, a Luxen with a bad boy attitude, and the club gets raided. A rocky start to their relationship leads to further complications and unusual deaths in their small-town. The Luxens integration into society has not been equally welcomed by the humans, which mirrors the American social unrest of the segregated schools in the 60’s and the current political state of immigrants. As frustrating as it was, I think the author made a good choice of including this tension in the story so young readers can view how fear can drive people to panic and treat others cruelly.

This book has the same formula as the Lux series - a cocky alien and a strong-willed human. Evie is tough and smart, but at times her stubbornness annoyed me. But Luc is perfect! He has the cocky attitude but when his secrets are revealed you can’t help but fall in love with him. I loved their banter and chemistry, and their connection was partly predictable and shocking.

This book is a spinoff, but you don’t need to read the Lux series. I highly recommend you do since Daemon and Archer make cameos, and you don’t want to miss all the swoon worthy moments with Daemon in the other books. I love the other characters making an appearance and being mentioned, so I hope in the next books we get to see more of my favorite characters.

This was my first time listening to narrator Saskia Maarleveld and I enjoyed her performance. She sounds like Justine Eyre (the narrator for the Lux series) so it was an easy transition to a new narrator and series. The character voices and personalities were spot on and added life to the story.

The Darkest Star has it all – romance, action, suspense and comedy. I took my time to read this book because I didn’t want this to end. This was a great start to a new series with characters I’ve grown to love. I can’t wait to read the next book!

  • Legendary

  • A Caraval Novel
  • By: Stephanie Garber
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 797
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 735
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 740

After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • painfully long and boring

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-16-18

5 Magical Stars for Legendary

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-17-18

Legendary is a magical adventure with romance and mystery. I loved this book!

Legendary picks up from the first book Caraval, which you must read to understand this series. Because of this my review will be spoiler free. In Legendary it is Tella’s turn to play the game and the stakes are higher (and deadlier). In the first book it took me a while to like Tella because she acted like a spoiled brat. But in Legendary we see the real Tella is brave, intelligent and loyal to her sister. The game requires making tough choices and sacrifices, and Tella proves she will do anything for the people she loves.

I was amazed with how creative and unique this series continues to be. The author created a world that is both dark and beautiful, and I was mesmerized with the details of each scene. There are new characters, new enemies and details of the mysterious Legend that has me wanting more. Caraval is a game but with the twists in the story Tella has a hard time knowing what is real or fake, and I was suspicious too. But this is what made this fun to read. I was glued to the story and couldn’t wait to see what happened next, but part of me also didn’t want this story to end.

Rebecca Soler is the narrator for the audiobook and I loved her performance. She is one of my favorite narrators because she creates unique voices and brings life and excitement to the story. As soon as I saw she was the narrator for Legendary I knew I had to listen to this audiobook.

Legendary has romance, suspense and adventure. I highly recommend this to fans of fantasy. I love this series and I can’t wait for the next book.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Dark Calling

  • The Arcana Chronicles, Book 6
  • By: Kresley Cole
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 884
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 832
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 832

When Evie receives life-changing - and possibly game-changing - news, she has trouble believing it. Why doesn't she feel any different? Is it possible someone she trusts might be lying? Tensions seethe inside the castle of lost time as Evie starts to doubt her own sanity. Answers can be found outside their stronghold, but will Death help her find them - or prevent her from learning the truth about her future and Jack's possible survival? A mysterious, sinister power begins to affect the Arcana in its path. Forced out into the wasteland alone, Evie must depend on unexpected allies. But as a battle with Richter looms, can her new alliance defeat the Dark Calling before hell reigns on earth?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a continuation!

  • By girlwon1 on 03-20-18

5 Stars for The Dark Calling

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-30-18

The Dark Calling is the 5th book in The Arcana Chronicles and I’m addicted to this series. I love Kresley Cole!

My thoughts

• Kresley Cole is one of my favorite authors. The Dark Calling had the action, romance, humor and drama I’ve grown to expect from her books. It is the perfect mix and I didn’t want this book to end.
• I love the world building for this series. There are Mad Max elements (both in the landscape and the viciousness of the characters) but it also visually breath taking. Evie stumbles upon a settlement that was creative and described in detail, I can imagine it clearly. I would love to see this scene in a movie.
• I loved the direction this book went. The story was fast paced and there was a twist to the story that surprised me (I don’t want to spoil it for anyone). We get introduced to new players in the game and rules are broken. I can’t wait to see how everything comes together.
• Evie and her allies made a surprising team and I loved their interaction. There were great moments of banter that had me laughing and also tender moments that reminds us that these were normal people before the Flash.
• As much as I loved this book I am frustrated with the love triangle. I think Evie doesn’t truly love Aric. She is basing her feelings on their past lives and not the present. All the Arcana characters are wary of each other because of the previous games, so I don’t think they are able to trust each other and have a solid relationship. I love Jack and I think he is Evie’s true love. He has made sacrifices for her and loved her for who she is. I also love Aric so I really hate that this series has a love triangle.
• Emma Galvin returns as the narrator for The Dark Calling and I loved her performance. She brings the story and characters to life. I am really impressed with how she conveys Evie’s insecurities and doubts. This was another amazing narration from Emma Galvin.

The Dark Calling is the 5th book in The Arcana Chronicles series so you need to read the books in order. Kresley Cole is one of my favorite authors and I love her creativity and storytelling. I highly recommend this series to paranormal fans.

  • High Voltage

  • Fever, Book 10
  • By: Karen Marie Moning
  • Narrated by: Amanda Leigh Cobb, Jim Frangione
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,054
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 978
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 978

Immortal Faerie and ancient feuds, secrets and sacrifices - a thrilling new chapter in the bestselling Fever series begins, featuring Dani, Ryodan, and other beloved characters, as they battle to save Dublin from the rising of a terrifying evil determined to enslave the human race.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • High Voltage--bk 10---good story BUT....

  • By LOYL-00 on 03-09-18

5 Mega Stars for High Voltage

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-22-18

5 Mega Stars for High Voltage! This is my favorite book in the series (so far) and deserves more than 5 stars!

My thoughts:

• High Voltage finally answered so many questions I had about Ryodan, and I loved every moment I spent with this book. Ryodan has always been a complicated and mysterious character. In the earlier books he had me swooning but also frustrated with his dominating and male chauvinist attitude. But now we see who he really is, and I loved how it all came to light.
• Dani’s character continues to grow and mature. I love that she is a fighter and is always putting the people she cares about first. This includes her desire to keep her city safe. Dani had a hard childhood and she finally faces that pain. I loved seeing her work through her problems. It may have frustrated some of her friends, but Dani had to find her own way to heal from her past.
• As in the previous books I love the side plots and how they give us a glimpse into the lives of the supporting characters. It is always good to see Barrons, Mac and Christian, but Ryodan and Dani took centerstage and I loved their story. There are chapters of Ryodan and Dani that I would love to re-read again and again.
• Along with the romance there is the action and suspense that was exciting. There was a surprising twist to the story and I was worried about the fate of my favorite characters. But I loved how it ended! Karen Marie Moning is one of my favorite authors and I love her writing and creativity.
• High Voltage was narrated by Amanda Leigh Cobb and Jim Frangione. I loved their performance and they both brought energy and passion to the story.

High Voltage is the 10th book in the Fever series and I need more! With the introduction of new villains, KMM has opened many possibilities for this series to lead into. The world is still in danger and I can’t wait for the next adventure with the Fever gang.

  • Batman: Nightwalker

  • DC Icons, Book 2
  • By: Marie Lu
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 456
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 425

The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list. Bruce is turning 18 and inheriting his family's fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Industries and all the tech gadgetry that he could ever desire. But on the way home from his birthday party, he makes an impulsive choice that leads to community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison. There, he meets Madeleine Wallace, a brilliant killer with ties to the Nightwalkers. A girl who will speak only to Bruce. She is the mystery he must unravel.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not for Batman fans

  • By mep201787 on 04-07-18

5 Stars for Young Bruce Wayne!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-21-18

Batman is one of my least favorite superheroes. But Marie Lu’s Batman: Nightwalker has changed my mind about the caped crusader. I loved this book!

Why did I love this book?
• Batman: Nightwalker is an interesting glimpse into the teen years of Bruce Wayne. We see his loneliness and isolation due to the death of his parents and his wealth. Everyone befriends him for favors or hate him for his money. But Bruce does have close friends who have become his family – his butler and guardian, Alfred Pennyworth, and childhood friends Harvey Dent and Dianne Garcia. Just like any teenager, Bruce makes impulsive decisions that lands him in trouble with the law. His passion for justice is clear and I got a better understanding of who Bruce Wayne really is. It was fun seeing the early connections he makes with Lucious Fox (CEO of WayneTech) that will ultimately make him into the legendary crime fighter.
• Marie Lu’s writing captured the gloom of the franchise and the story had action and suspense. I also enjoyed her introduction of new characters Dianne Garcia and Madeline Wallace. Both young ladies are of Asian descent, so I appreciate that the author always includes diversity in her writing. Madeline was a fascinating character, with her knowledge of technology and her spot-on perception of people. I was constantly questioning if she was a villain or an ally, which made the story even more interesting.
• Will Damron did a great job narrating this story. I loved his voices for the characters and he brought emotion to the story. He made the actions scenes come to life and even more exciting.

Overall, I thought this was an entertaining addition to the DC Icon series. This is a creative look into the teenage years of Bruce Wayne and has the action and suspense Batman fans will enjoy. I can’t wait to read the next books in this series.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Warcross

  • By: Marie Lu
  • Narrated by: Nancy Wu
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,060
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,059

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn't just a game - it's a way of life. The obsession started 10 years ago, and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down Warcross players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty-hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By Camile Souza on 10-17-17

A 5-Star Thrilling Ride

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-16-17

Warcross is another thrilling adventure from Marie Lu. I’ve seen this all over Social Media and it deserves all the attention it is getting. I loved this and I need more!!

Millions of people log in to Warcross every day. It’s not just a game but it has become a link to a virtual world where people can escape from reality and also make a profit. Illegal gambling of the Warcross game is on the rise and teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game. The police force is understaffed so they hire bounty hunters for these less violent crimes. Emika jumps at the opportunity to earn money since she’s behind on her rent and her bills. But when she is desperate for money Emika takes a risky chance at hacking into a Warcross game to steal an item to pawn off, but the hack doesn’t go as planned and the world catches her in the middle of the act. Instead of getting arrested Emika is whisked off to Tokyo, Japan to meet with the creator billionaire Hideo Tanaka and is given a job she can’t refuse – work with Hideo to uncover a security problem. Emika is thrust into not only the Warcross games but also into fame and fortune. As she uncovers clues of a sinister plot Emika must learn the truth before it’s too late. Warcross isn’t just a game, now lives are at stake.

I loved everything about Warcross. Emika is a great character. She is smart and tough, even though she had a rough life she wants to do what’s right. I also loved the supporting characters. They worked great as a team but they were also still mysterious, so I loved not knowing who to trust. Warcross is a game but you don’t have to be a video gamer to understand or enjoy this book. Marie Lu creates a world that is simple to understand but also visually breathtaking. I clearly imagined the world as seen in futuristic films like Blade Runner and Ghost in the Shell. The plot had some twists that kept me guessing and the pace was perfect. There was never a dull moment in this book.

I can’t wait for the next book!

3 Stars Audiobook Review

This is my 3rd audiobook with narrator Nancy Wu and I thought her performance was OK. At times her narration was flat and lacked excitement. When it is scenes of dialogue between the characters I thought her performance was good and she developed distinct voices for each of the characters. The narrator did come to life for the exciting ending so for her performance I give 3 stars.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Empty Grave

  • Lockwood & Co., Book 5
  • By: Jonathan Stroud
  • Narrated by: Emily Bevan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 606
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 566
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 563

Five months after the events in The Creeping Shadow, we join Lockwood, Lucy, George, Holly, and their associate Quill Kipps on a perilous night mission: they have broken into the booby-trapped Fittes Mausoleum, where the body of the legendary psychic heroine Marissa Fittes lies. Or does it?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • just the best ending ever!

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-18-17

A 5-Star Finale for Lockwood & Co.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-21-17

I LOVE this series and The Empty Grave is another exciting adventure with the Lockwood & Co. gang. This is the fifth and final book of this series, so you must read the books in order. Trust me you will love every minute you spend with this group of friends.

This series is set in an alternate universe of London, England. England has been plagued with ghosts (called “visitors”) and they aren’t your normal hauntings. These ghosts are dangerous and the living can be killed by just a simple touch from the ghosts (aka ghost touch). To save the day (and the country) teams of gifted children battle these visitors and exorcise them to “the other side”. There are many companies for hire to do the job and Lockwood & Co is one of the best teams out there. The team consists of Anthony Lockwood (owner and leader with the heightened hearing of ghosts), George Cubbins (researcher), Lucy Carlyle (investigator that speaks with ghosts) and Holly Munro (admin assistant). For this last adventure Quill Kipps (a former investigator from a rival agency) joins the team for their ultimate battle. I’m not going to spoil the story for you but you should know this had the edge of your seat action, chilling mystery and hilarious moments I’ve grown to expect from a Jonathan Stroud book. In this final book we see the groups relationship grow beyond colleagues and friends. They have become a family and would make the ultimate sacrifice to protect each other.

I hate to see this series end! But I sense this really isn’t a goodbye. The ending felt like a beginning to a new chapter for the group (or is it me wishing this for more or a spinoff lol). But I’m going to miss Anthony’s charisma, George and Skull’s sarcasm, Holly’s perkiness and Lucy’s noble spirit. Lucy will forever be one of my favorite heroines. I love her witty nature and her loyalty for her friends. Fans received exciting news this week that this series will be coming to TV. I can’t wait to see this show.

Lockwood & Co is a middle grade series for readers of all ages. I highly recommend this series to readers looking for a fun adventure with creepy twists and a group of characters that will have you laughing and cheering them on.

5 Star Audiobook Review

Emily Bevin returns as the narrator and it is another excellent performance. She has become one of my favorite narrators and the reason why I prefer to listen to the audiobooks for this series. She brings all the characters to life, with unique voices and captures their personalities perfectly. I especially love the sarcasm she brings for George and Skull. In this book she also brought Anthony’s shyness to life and just made me love him more. Listening to this series as an audiobook reminds me of listening to ghost stories in front of a campfire. Ms. Bevin and author Jonathan Stroud had me laughing and jumping throughout this fun adventure.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Lord of Shadows

  • By: Cassandra Clare
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 23 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,066
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,823
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,820

Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she'd be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai, Julian, and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • James Marsters is Amazing

  • By Lanie on 06-08-17

4.5 Stars for Lord of Shadows

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-23-17

4.5 Stars for Lord of Shadows

This is going to be a tough review for me to write. I loved Lord of Shadows but that ending tore my heart out. How can Cassandra Clare do this to us?!!

I could not wait to read this book. I loved the first book Lady Midnight and the new generation of Shadowhunters: Emma Carstairs, her parabatai Julian Blackthorn and the Blackthorn siblings. I had to know the fate of Emma and Julian’s forbidden love, how Mark was adjusting to life with his siblings and what would happen next after Lady Midnight’s chilling ending. The length of this book at 720 pages (or 23 hours and 30 minutes since I listened to the audiobook) was at first intimidating but as I got more into the story I was completely drawn in to the Shadowhunter world. I loved the action and suspense that has been present in all of Cassandra Clare’s books, and Lord of Shadows had the excitement and storyline twists that I have come to expect from this series. With the multiple POVs we see how important each member of the Los Angeles Institute is. I loved learning more about Diana Wrayburn, who has kept her past a mystery. I also enjoyed seeing the bond form between Kit, Ty and Livvy. Despite their young age and inexperience they are determined to help keep their family safe. Emma and Julian’s love story is passionate and their love for each other makes their parabatai bond stronger, so it makes no sense why these two can’t be together. Then there is Mark and Cristina’s relationship that is complicated and unexpected but shows the early signs of a great romance. Finally there is Dru, the second youngest of the Blackthorns, whose finding her voice and making a stand to help her family.

Along with the quest for the Black Volume of the Dead the plot deals with the growing hatred and discrimination of Downworlders, led by an extremist group of Shadowhunters called the Cohort. It is an important message and comparison to our current social issues, and reminder how hate and ignorance in the hands of people with power is dangerous.

Despite the heartbreaking ending I enjoyed this book and still love this series. I love Cassandra Clare’s use of diverse characters (in ethnicity and LGBT), her writing and storytelling. The Shadowhunter universe has the action, romance and suspense that makes this an exciting series and has me coming back for more. It will be hard to wait two years for the next book.

5 Star Audiobook Review

I’ve had a huge crush on actor James Marsters since he portrayed Spike in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. As soon as I saw he was narrating Lord of Shadows I knew I had to get the audiobook. His narration was amazing! I love his vocal range, from an elegant Englishman to a pesky Downworlder. His performance was entertaining and brought emotion and excitement to the story. With the combination of his performance and Cassandra Clare’s writing I could not put this book down. I also did not want it to end. I hope he narrates the next book in this series and I will listen to his other audiobooks.