Also, Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare came out last month! I ordered and read it immediately because I am a huge fan of the Infernal Devices and Mortal Instruments series and cannot believe how badly they destroyed the movie, and, now, the tv show. Such a shame. I better stop right now because I'll end up writing a short novel about my criticism of the movie and show. I will say that the show has gotten a bit more back on track. Also, I can't stop watching it because I want to see what they do with the story. If you have not read any of the shadow hunter series by Cassandra Clare, I highly recommend them!
Opinion: I enjoy historical fiction and though this book was extremely well-written and well researched but I found myself getting a little tired of the constant scheming and politics. I did enjoy that there was constantly something going on but it was difficult to keep track of all of the characters. I do think I will eventually read the rest of this series because it is an interesting story. While we already know part of how it will end since Henry Tudor has already made an appearance, I am interesting in finding out the details. I also like that Elizabeth is a strong character and not an obnoxious damsel type. Overall, I thought it was interesting and gripping and well worth reading.
3.5 out of 5 hearts
Opinion: Okay so I had no idea how obnoxious this story was going to be. Firstly, the story takes what seems like forever to get started. It's not until almost halfway that the plot gets somewhat interesting. Secondly, I expected Esmeralda (La Esmeralda - the emerald - in the book) to be the same, or at least similar, strong, righteous, independent, smart girl she was in the Disney movie. Not so much: she is a ridiculous fool who is immune to reason. Also, Frollo is way worse than he is in the movie. I could do without the looming threat of sexual violence and his contradictory character. I am sure that this novel was relevant to its time but it just infuriates me in 2016. I have yet to read Les Miserables but I have seen the show and I hope the book is not as disappointing as this one. In my opinion, this book is a discredit to women. However, it does point out the sometimes fleeting opinions of humanity, our unjustified judgements, and the selfish actions we are prone to. Even so, not worth it.
2 out of 5 hears
Opinion: While this is a sizable novel, I couldn't put it down. I was so good and gripping from the very start. The mixture of historical facts and a fictional plot are fantastically woven. It is exciting and suspenseful the whole way through. A truly extraordinary story.
Recommend? Absolutely, yes!
5 out of 5 hearts
Opinion: Unsurprisingly, I couldn't put this book down. I don't know how Cassandra Clare keeps coming up with these amazing stories, but she does. I just wish I didn't have to wait so long for the next two books now. Intrigue, crazy surprises, action - Lady Midnight is non-stop. I also noticed how she is tying in current issues in our world symbolically, which I enjoyed. All around, a great read! It is even better since the world and most characters have already been previously established so she can dive right into the story and there is additional meaning if you have read the previous series.
Recommend? Yes. But I recommend reading the Infernal Devices and Mortal Instruments series that are part of the same world first as it makes this series more fun.
Opinion: I assume this is a children's book but I have seen it on several recommended book lists so I thought it was time I read this. It is a cute story. There was a lot of religious undertone but I thought the general messages portrayed are always relevant and the overall story was enjoyable to read.
Recommend? For children, yes.
3 out of 5 hearts