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message 1: by dreamer (new)

dreamer Was she the one who was accused of plagiarism?


message 2: by TheUnicorner (new)

TheUnicorner Yup, that's the one.


message 3: by dreamer (new)

dreamer Niiiiice.


message 4: by M— (new)

M— I really liked your review, but some of your HTML coding didn't render correctly. Goodreads doesn't appear to acknowledge the "" command (preferring instead the "" command). I think you used the strikethrough for good effect, but scanning through and over the coding gave me a bit of a headache.


message 5: by Rachel (new)

Rachel " Clary is likeable and sympathetic enough, but she's a bit on the bland side"

I felt this way, too. I find it hard to relate to such a dumb narrator. Half the time she seemed to be saying, "Huh? What?" with little growth or empowerment (or "self-actualization" as Simon alluded to). From the first 10 pages, I couldn't help but feel Clary was just a Mary Jane that somehow managed to sneak past into a novel. Cassandra Clare...Clary...really? That was the BEST name you could come up with for your main character? One that's JUST LIKE YOURS? A tad suspicious.

You also alluded to the fact that everything in the book had several names. This was something that annoyed me about LOTR, but I figure, "okay, we're dealing with several different languages." But here? Is it necessary to have a name and a nickname for every fantastic creature & setting?

Glad I'm not the only one. :)


message 6: by Tasha (new)

Tasha I didn't know that Clare wrote fan fiction before this. Considering how derivative this book is (great call on Simon being like Xander, btw), I'm not really shocked she was accused of plagiarism. I pretty much agree with your review 100%.


message 7: by Janine (new)

Janine I'm glad I'm not the only one struggling with this book. I keep putting it down to read other things because the characters seem one-dimensional and don't hold my attention.

I must admit... I was excited to read this book and even bought the second book before I started reading the first. Now I'm thinking it was a huge waste of my money. I think your assessment is spot on!


message 8: by Alyssa (new)

Alyssa There were some parts of this novel that I really loved. The constant, but never over-played, action really pushed me through the rough spots. But, I have to agree with your assessment. As a work of literature, this book is nothing. I am surprised that it was even published.

Clary's character was so bland and boring. Unfortunatley, so was Jace. As much as I enjoyed reading about his "hotness", I think that the book would have been a lot better if we had gotten to know Jace a bit better. Even though he was one of the better characters, it seemed as though the plot was driving him to do the things he did, rather than his personality.

I also completley hated how Cassandra handled their relationship. Forbidden love, so overused. I think the author could have looked to Grey's anatomy for some help. The writers are great at cooking up ideas to break up the characters in love.

Overall, I cant even cover how much this book frustrated me. The world that she created and the characters that she had definitley had a lot of potential, she just didn't drive them in the right direction.


message 9: by Lisa (new)

Lisa When I picked this book up I didn't know anything about the author or the book other than a friend thought it was entertaining. I almost wish I had read it before I read the book so I could keep a better eye out for the similarities to Buffy and Star Wars. I can definately see them in hindsight. However if I had read your review first, I might not have read the book. ;)

Like you, I really wished for so much more in this book. I think the characters needed more fleshing out, so to speak. I saw the forbidden love thing early on and kept hoping I was wrong, but I wasn't. It's so disappointing to be able to guess what comes next! I was disappointed that there wasn't more - "ew gross I made out with my sibling" especially after Jace was so upset that Clary could even think he and Isabelle were an item.

And despite all my disappointments I want to read the next book. Why do I do that?! I guess I like to give the author a second chance because it wasn't too horrible and I am hoping that she can do better. Anyone moved on to book two?


message 10: by Annabelle (last edited Jul 25, 2009 12:16AM) (new)

Annabelle For everyone disappointed in the characters, I would just like to say throughout the next two books they all grow and develop very nicely. I think Clare was purposefully trying to make them seem a little bland and obvious in this first novel to show the kind of change they go through.
These books are not the most original, but there isn't much that is anymore. They are however very entertaining and satisfying-especially if you stick it out and read the entire trilogy.


message 11: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Annabelle wrote: "For everyone disappointed in the characters, I would just like to say throughout the next two books they all grow and develop very nicely. I think Clare was purposefully trying to make them seem a ..."
Oh, I am so glad to hear this! I will look forward to reading the next two!"



message 12: by Erin (new)

Erin your review literally made me LOL because it was so spot on. as a Roswell fanatic, AleC and Isabelle's names kept annoying me. And having just re-read the HP series, I kept thinking "seriously.. SERIOUSLY!?" multiple times during this book. Also I could not STAND Clary. how retarded do you have to be? "dont go through that door.." "BUT I WANNA! I WANNA SEE WHERE MY MOM WENT!!?!?!??!!!" etc etc. She made me feel old by how retarded and babyish she seemed haha. And I agree on the whole "pretty girl who thinks she's ugly" blah blah blah. Your review was entirely spot on!


message 13: by Miriam (new)

Miriam Have you read Spindle's End? It's one of the only YA fantasies I can think of where the heroine is *actually* not pretty (her fairy godmothers wish her to have golden curls and rose-petal lips etc but forget to say that she should be beautiful).


message 14: by Julie (new)

Julie This is an absolutely perfect, spot-on review. I was about to write my own but since you already said everything I won't bother re-writting it. I'll just point my friends to your review. Maybe Clare should have not bothered instead of re-writting Lucas, Rowling, and a few others.


message 15: by Aida (new)

Aida How old are you people? These books were written for teens not adults. Obviously a lot of you hate the author. I know nothing about her. I just know that my students can't get enough of the books and if it gets kids to read that is all that matters. Stop hating and write your own books.


message 16: by Georgina (new)

Georgina Aida wrote: "How old are you people? These books were written for teens not adults. Obviously a lot of you hate the author. I know nothing about her. I just know that my students can't get enough of the books a..."
I am a teen-I enjoyed the book-and I agree with you about its target audience but that doesn't mean that adults aren't allowed to point out its flaws. Or teens for that matter, I myself thought it felt a bit samey :/


message 17: by [deleted user] (new)

I personally hated clary though I liked this story a lot. Funny review . As Magnus bane is my current obsession, I totally agree on the more page time thingy. Isabelle and Alec develop more interestingly in the series. Spoiler-Magnus dates Alec. How did you find her Harry p. fanfic? I want to read her Draco trilogies


message 18: by Juu (new)

Juu agree on the beautiful heroine hypocrisy


message 19: by Alexis (new)

Alexis THIS IS ME EXACTY READING THE BOOK


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