Picked this up at the airport on a whim. I typically like Baldacci's books and this one was ok. Other commenter's have remarked on the main character'Picked this up at the airport on a whim. I typically like Baldacci's books and this one was ok. Other commenter's have remarked on the main character's uncanny similarity to another well-known character. I have never read any of those books (although now I'm going to!) to make that comparison, so that was lost on me. There is a lot of exposition and sort of dumbed-down/white-washed military/law enforcement stuff. I noted in the acknowledgements that Baldacci seemed to do quite a bit of research on this, so I won't insult a writer by assuming he just looked stuff up on Wikipedia. :) It was detailed enough for me -- even if some stuff seemed a little TOO elementary.
I figured out where the plot was going but there were some good twists and turns. There was probably a few too many subplots going on, and I wasn't sure which of them were really going to be relevant when it was all said and done.
Bottom line - it was enough to entertain me for a 3.5 hour flight and worth the $5 (since I can exchange it for a refund via the airport bookstore). I don't know that I'd recommend paying full price for this one -- get it from the library if you want to read it. ...more
Buffy meets Star Wars meets Harry Potter...lots of standard fantasy/alt world/mythology stuff. I didn't instantly love the characters or storyline asBuffy meets Star Wars meets Harry Potter...lots of standard fantasy/alt world/mythology stuff. I didn't instantly love the characters or storyline as I did with HP, but the the overall sum of the parts was interesting enough that I want to know what happens next. So I guess Clary & Jace and the rest did get under my skin a little. I saw the end coming a mile away, but that might be because I read a lot of this type of book, and really, there are only so many different plot devices. I do love the world the author created, and really want to know more about Idris and what came before Clary's abrupt entry into this version of the world. Lucky for me, I hear that the second trilogy (Infernal Devices) does just that. There were a few minor editing quibbles...and I thought certain phrases were overused a bit (oh, the similes!).
Don't be put off by this series because it's YA. The main characters are teens, but if you enjoy fantasy that includes mythical creatures, alternate worlds, and a little magic, you'll love this....more
**spoiler alert** Lisa Scottoline never, ever disappoints me. She almost did, in that I grabbed this off the shelf at the airport and only after payin**spoiler alert** Lisa Scottoline never, ever disappoints me. She almost did, in that I grabbed this off the shelf at the airport and only after paying did I realize it wasn't a Bennie Rosato or Mary DiNunzio story. But I very quickly got over my disapointment! The story is compelling, fast-paced, and heartbreaking. I am not, nor ever will be, a parent, so I can't imagine what something like this might feel like to a mother. Lisa's words allowed me to feel that from within the story. I thought some of Ellen's behavior was a teeny bit over the top (the trip to FL comes to mind). But Scottoline's book always have an element of this in them (you're reading along and go "come on...really?" would anyone actually DO that?". But it doesn't detract from the plot at all and makes it more enjoyable, in my opinion. And best of all, a new Bennie story is coming out soon! There's a preview at the end of this book....more