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message 1: by Alexandra (new)

Alexandra Moseley If you think it's boring, I'm scared to read it. But I'm still going to because my mom bought it for me.


message 2: by Christina (new)

Christina 0.o Dang...glad I wasn't smart enough at the time to really analyze the book.


message 3: by Cory (new)

Cory Poor you. I didn't even read past the first five chapters before I gave up. Worse than HoN and Evermore...that's quite an accomplishment.


message 4: by Lina (new)

Lina Cory wrote: "Poor you. I didn't even read past the first five chapters before I gave up. Worse than HoN and Evermore...that's quite an accomplishment."

You were the wise one...I will never read anything this woman puts out ever!!!!


message 5: by Sofia (new)

Sofia And this is why I love you (although you might not know it until now).


message 6: by Sofia (new)

Sofia Also, can we hope for a vlog on this? :)


message 7: by Vi (last edited Apr 03, 2011 04:26PM) (new)

Vi Vi vlog vlog vlog

God this series just aggravates me. It's horribly written from beginning to end. It just makes me hate humanity that this dog shit is so popular. Glad to see honest ppl willing to mention the stupid.

And YES Clary's middle-class Brooklyn 'I'm not from the Upper East Side therefore I'm super poor but not really' attitude pissed me the HELL OFF. Clare is just the queen of easy outs. She wants to make a 'poor' character who isn't really poor. She wants to make a 'plain' heroine, who's actually really beautiful. She wants to have incest angst without them really committing incest, or going through the deep psychological trauma that incest would surely cause. She steals from better writers, covers over her plotholes with Jace prettiness, and writes a love story in which her official couple falls in love for no reason and with no build up, and suddenly THE LOVE IS SO TRUE AND DEEP NOBODY CAN UNDERSTAND IT.

It's all just easy easy easy. It's like her motto.

She's a hack.


message 8: by Ceilidh (new)

Ceilidh This review is a beautiful thing.


message 9: by Emily (new)

Emily I love you for this. I actually enjoy this series, but it really steams my clams when people try to act like it's NOT a huge, cheap ripoff of HP, Star Wars, and everything else it can never hope to be. There's homages and then there's copy-catting, and this series falls into the latter category.


message 10: by Christina (new)

Christina It's better than what I just read. Yes...yes it is. I just posted a chapter in my writing about it. Much...worse...


message 11: by Andrea (new)

Andrea Caro I have never loved anything the way I loved this review. I don't know what's funnier - that you used a Misfits animation or that you called Clary Sherry Shepard dumb. YOU'RE AMAZING.


message 12: by Lina (new)

Lina Andrea wrote: "I have never loved anything the way I loved this review. I don't know what's funnier - that you used a Misfits animation or that you called Clary Sherry Shepard dumb. YOU'RE AMAZING."

You are even more amazing! Your snark review was fantastical.

The only thing as bad Sherry Shepard Dumb, is Elizabeth Hasselbeck ignorant...but that is a completely different can of worms.


message 13: by Andrea (new)

Andrea Caro Princess wrote: "Andrea wrote: "I have never loved anything the way I loved this review. I don't know what's funnier - that you used a Misfits animation or that you called Clary Sherry Shepard dumb. YOU'RE AMAZING...."

I'm about to start reading book two just so I can yell about that, too. That's probably bad, but I feel like with as many good reviews as this bucket of vomit gets on goodreads, the world needs more people to shine the truth down on it.

Hahaha, Elizabeth Hasselbeck. I wish I could tie her and Ann Coulter together and run them both over repeatedly with my car.


message 14: by Lina (new)

Lina Andrea wrote: "Princess wrote: "Andrea wrote: "I have never loved anything the way I loved this review. I don't know what's funnier - that you used a Misfits animation or that you called Clary Sherry Shepard dumb..."

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I rebuke Cassandra Clare's works in the name of Jesus Christ's abs.


message 15: by Andrea (new)

Andrea Caro I am going to embrace it because I'm always angry. I must not get enough fiber in my diet. Either that or I just want to call all Bear Jew on her.

PS, I LOVE YOUR VLOG.


message 16: by Kat Kennedy (new)

Kat Kennedy Wow. That was... Well, that was quite a rant!

Congratulations on your rantilicious review! Great job!


message 17: by H.I. (last edited Apr 04, 2011 01:51AM) (new)

H.I. Al-Muhairi I salute you, you totally outdid yourself, girl.

I think the publisher was pretty sleepy and bored out of his mind when got her manuscript and accepted it for publication. That's the only possible way plagarized work like hers would hit the market.


message 18: by Caitlin (new)

Caitlin I completely agree with your review and certainly couldn't have said it better myself.


message 19: by Christina (new)

Christina This made my day. No, I'm really serious. This made most of my day.


message 20: by Alexandra (new)

Alexandra Moseley If you say it's THAT bad, I'm kinda scared to read it. But my mom bought it for me, so I should read it. Otherwise, my mom would've wasted her money.


message 21: by John (new)

John Egbert City of Bones is as a dull, irritating and painful as taking a massive shit after eating something that looked "pretty good" despite friends telling you "RUN BITCH RUN!"

Actually, that's pretty much how it worked for me too. My friends kept telling me NO NO NO and I was like "But it can't be that bad!" and you know, it's actually terrible. Your review did much justice to this terrible, terrible, terrible book and the entire terrible, terrible, terrible series.

Even seeing the name "Jace" gives me flashbacks and uncontrollable frothing spasms of annoyance and pain. I hate him so much.


message 22: by Mel (new)

Mel Princess, now you have to read Hush, Hush. >=]


Zero vi Britannia Mitsuko wrote: "Princess, now you have to read Hush, Hush. >=]"

Why would you tell her to read that piece of shit?


message 24: by Melanie (new)

Melanie Fair I should've just read your review. Instead, I wasted a cd and a half trying to like it. Didn't work


message 25: by Mel (new)

Mel Chris wrote: "Mitsuko wrote: "Princess, now you have to read Hush, Hush. >=]"

Why would you tell her to read that piece of shit?"


Because I'm EVIL.


message 26: by Mel (new)

Mel Melissa wrote: "Yikes, harsh review."

Well criticism can be harsh. So what?


message 27: by Lina (last edited Oct 19, 2011 05:02PM) (new)

Lina

I'm trash, wow that is very lovely to know lol. The things that happen when you don't check Goodreads.

I guess I feel I should add something to this, but really I think it's pretty much a done deal. I will just make this statement address Melissa and the comments she made towards my review and she can respond to be at her liking. I deleted all the comments save the one Melissa wrote talking about my review so I could respond. :)

First, I would like to direct you to my Clockwork Angel review [before I edited it] where I complemented Clare and thought that she had a really good story and while I understood the hate against her from her other series, I felt CA was a good read. Now, a bit later I read CoB (not by choice I had to read it for a class) and I came into it with an open mind because I DID like Clockwork Angel. Now imagine my frustration to be listening to audiobook and realizing that I am reading (pretty much) the exact same story as CA. Not only that, but the "inspirations" of other books are not just obvious, but blatant. I mean she copied the biggest twist is modern sci-fi history. Yes, there are common tropes, look at every angel YA book and they've all got a Lucifer, but that's different from having entire storylines lifted off of popular material. It's like with Eragon, did they think we wouldn't notice everything it ripped-off...poorly?

So yes, I do hate this book, I think it is a waste of time and I think it is sad that the writer is making money off of other peoples ideas. There is nothing unique about these books, nothing special and the story itself was badly written. So yes, I wrote a scathing review that is (and I'll admit it) only helpful if you want an honest opinion of the book. Usually I calm down the language even if I hate a book (Hush, Hush), but I couldn't because despite all those books before being bad this was really a horrible reading experience.

I'm sorry that it did not help you or at the very least entertain you, but in the end I was honest. I know that you believe in the "be nice" policy, but I feel like once you put something out there and ask people to pay money for it, you get what you get. Yes, I realize that'll mean bloggers like me will never be professional writers unless we go undercover, but that's fine.

The only thing I'm sorry about is that this whole thread got out of hand, because as the original reviewer it's my responsibility to make sure this doesn't happen. So sorry for dropping the ball guys.


message 28: by John (new)

John Egbert Princess wrote: "The only thing I'm sorry about is that this whole thread got out of hand, because as the original reviewer it's my responsibility to make sure this doesn't happen."

Hm...I don't think it is, Princess. I don't think it should be anyone's responsibility to check a review every week or so to make sure nobody's trolling (view spoiler) their review. In fact, if anything I should be sorry for repeatedly commenting back to Melissa when deep down I knew nothing I could say would ever change her opinion on the matter, or even get her to remotely admit she was wrong. I should have just waited for you to come back and deal with her yourself after the first few or so times I posted.


Can't-Decide-On-A-Name Hi, just wondering why did you delete my comments? I don't think i said anything bitchy, or did I? :(


message 30: by The Holy Terror (new)

The Holy Terror Can't-Decide-On-A-Name;) wrote: "Hi, just wondering why did you delete my comments? I don't think i said anything bitchy, or did I? :("

She deleted over 5 pages of comments, not just yours.


message 31: by Lina (new)

Lina Can't-Decide-On-A-Name;) wrote: "Hi, just wondering why did you delete my comments? I don't think i said anything bitchy, or did I? :("

Like, THT said I deleted everyone's comments other than the initial two by Melissa, since I felt that the argument got out of hand in general, and so that my response would be right after her comments.


message 32: by Circus Princess (new)

Circus Princess Aww! What did they delete them? I wanted to see the fight everyone was talking about. *sits in the corner and pouts*


message 33: by Circus Princess (new)

Circus Princess Those are my favorite kind. Used to spend hours on YouTube reading people break out into fights over the stupidest things, like whether Twilight was good or not, or if MCR should've allowed Glee to remake "Sing."... They're all very repetitive but strangely entertaining.

Or maybe I'm just weird. Which is definitely more than possible.


message 34: by Jia (new)

Jia Noooooooo!
I liked this review XD


Zero vi Britannia Why?!?!?!?!


message 36: by Choco (new)

Choco :O

whatwaswrongwithyouroldreview? Nothing! D:

Awaiting the new one, though. I bet it's even better!
:)


message 37: by Vi (new)

Vi Vi new review? what was wrong w the old one ? but stillyay


message 38: by Mikki (new)

Mikki Yay! Can't wait for the new review


message 39: by Deena (new)

Deena Can't wait to read your new review. I am reading City of Lost Souls right now and it is awful. I don't know why I continue to punish myself with this series. I guess I thought it would get better, but it just continues to get worse as the books go on. City of Lost Souls is the absolute WORST one so far, it is so convoluted.


Zero vi Britannia NEW REVIEW WOOOOO!!!
Lina's new review is up! Woohoo! Woohoo!
Lina's new review is up! Woohoo! Woohoo!
...Was that too much?


message 41: by Rike' (new)

Rike' hahaha, how entertaining to read this. I pretty much agree. I don't like Clary and the writing was awful. I read Clockwork Angel first and it's much better in my opinion. I also like Tessa, though she can drive me crazy at times too.

...also I'm afraid that I think it's Will who's fantastic and delicious...it's the black hair...so beautiful...


message 42: by Kaitlyn *Nandos* (new)

Kaitlyn *Nandos* Horan Fantastic review. Believe it or not the books just keep on getting worse. I just couldn't take it after the 4th book.


message 43: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Risley So, i came to the series in the fourth book though the audio book. this was so i can listen to ed Westwick. I found the 4th book intriguing, so i stopped listen to it and started from the beginning. I have to say... i found it worth the crapy first book to get to the great stuff Simon has to go though... also Sebastian is a great villain.

there is more character growth in the farther books.
It comes to pass that the downworlders are not the villains and end up being heroes. which i am a sucker for the "evil beings" being the heroes. This is why i like Luke and Simon so much.

That said, there is much ups and downs with this series, and Clary and Jace annoys me. But the rest of the relationship plots are good, or at lease decent. But hey, who am i to judge, i watch tru blood and i hate Bill. And i thought Buffy was stupid and refused to watch it until i saw the spike cry and reaching for Buffy's body in the season final... so i will endure the crap for that nugget of gold.


message 44: by Lina (new)

Lina Jennifer wrote: "So, i came to the series in the fourth book though the audio book. this was so i can listen to ed Westwick. I found the 4th book intriguing, so i stopped listen to it and started from the beginning..."

Thank you for that good response :)


message 45: by Nicole (new)

Nicole Great review!


message 46: by Jane (new)

Jane "Jace, is her mystical estrogen bait-guide" = one of the greatest character descriptions ever! Great review. And totally agree about Jem in CA.


message 47: by Shigaya (new)

Shigaya Yes, you're absoluteky right about this book, and Clockwork. But I'm agraid you are.loosing a good tale just because the first 2.books of it should habe been the Intro part in the 3... I might say, the 5 is better than Clockwork 2nd. And I think it can be better than 1st too (but for the main characters in clockworck who are way better. But secondary characters in mortal instruments are gaining my respect: magnus, izzy, jordan, simon, joceling, Sebastian (not necesary in this order)). You can read the wikipedia extracts of the 2nd book and give a try to the 3d... It's an idea (I do this when I loose some episodes in tv series, for example)


message 48: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly Tsan I totally agree about the Star War twist. I was SO annoyed.


message 49: by Mizuki (new)

Mizuki you summed everything up nicely!
And your mention of Clary not calling police or looking for help when she first met the Shadowhunters in the club is so good an reminder of how stupid Clary is! She grows worse as the story goes!


message 50: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Claiborne Your review of City of Bones is the reason why I still have faith in humanity. Let me just say I started this book for the same reasons as you. I had read Clockwork Angel and thought the writing was not that bad, actually enjoyed it so much I went to read the second book of the series but quickly stopped when I saw what was happening with the love triangle; this might very well be my opinion, but I hate it when writers make guilty for liking one character, and that is what she did with Jem. He is so good, I don't understand why she had William there in the first place. To someone like me, who automatically will like the main character, I started feeling guilty for liking William more. So anyway, I dropped the series.
Then I heard of City of Bones (being the first book of all these showdowhunter world) and I quickly took interest thinking I would like it as much or even more than Clowork Angel.

The result has been very traumatic!! I dropped it by 50% and that is because the movie is coming out soon so I wanted to finish the book. It's all very shallow really. I'm in love with the actor who plays Jace, and I wanted to support him a bit. With all the fans the series has, I don't think he will notice if I don't! Ha, ha, ha.


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