**spoiler alert** I heard about this book long time ago and there was some hype among my friends so I decided to borrow a copy of the book from the Li**spoiler alert** I heard about this book long time ago and there was some hype among my friends so I decided to borrow a copy of the book from the Library and give it a shot. I was not impressed at all with the whole book and while I can understand why some people can love this book, personally I didn't.
The plot could have been better but the the story itself felt like non polished fan fiction with so many pointless references to other fandoms. You know what? I don't even why I read YA, since every time I meet this new over hyped book with ~beautiful~ cover, I read the premise and I think: "This better be good :3"
But later when I'm finished (if I finish a book, Beautiful Creatures I'm looking at you) I feel disappointed and frustrated because the stories are just painfully bad and I just wasted my precious time. Shame on me for being masochist but I keep looking for the perfect YA Book.
Resuming on why I didn't like this particular book I must say that part of the turn off was Cassandra Clare background and plagiarism claims. I found a line stolen in City of Glass from the Mean Girls movie, I mean, WTF? Another turn off was the characters that to me were not likeable and sometimes (most of the time really) their actions didn't make sense. ANd often I would say to the book: Really?
Clary was annoying, rude and whining, she is just the typical Mary Sue that doesn't know she is pretty and is always angry all the time, of course Isabelle envies her because she is so cute. Give me a break. And we must not forget she can create runes because she is so awesome and I even heard a rumour that her tears can cure cancer because they are descended from the angel.
Jace is the typical bad boy who is really an asshole. Of course he is so beautiful like an angel, like an emo song like a feather dropping beautifully to the ground, and he is so special because doesn't fall for anyone but the annoying Clary. And the plot was Harry Potter-ish all the way mixed with Star Wars and the villain... Darth Voldemort, I mean, Valentine lacks depth and his motivations were not believable, at least to me. He was just a tool being there.
Because if you clearly are an Auror, I mean, a Shadow Hunter and you hate down worlders since they are descended from demons the most logical plan is to ally with demons and destroy society as we know it, right? If only that, the main problem with the series is that Valentine kills everyone, he is bad and unstoppable but usually he is in the background the whole book letting our heroes wander around to have annoying dialogues and figure out a way to stop him. That's very thoughtful of you Mr. Valentine. And of course he appears in the end of every book to reveal his evil plan and laugh "mwhahahahaha."
And the book was fast-paced but not in the good way. I mean, there were so many things going on at the same time that it felt like a pastiche* of everything ever written about the fantasy world. For example, I think it made no sense that Valentine assumed Michael Wayland's identity and nobody figured out that he was really Valentine. Yeah, the Lightwoods took care of Jace not even making sure he was the son of Michael Wayland, they didn't get to confirm the guy that was killed was indeed Michael Wayland. And it looks like the world of shadow hunters is lacking of birth certificates, forensics and stuff. I mean, Michael Wayland is killed, and nobody investigates and there is no corpse, no funeral and nothing. Jace sends himself to the Lightwoods I'll assume.. And of course Jace never had a picture of his father and he never saw a picture of Valentine in the Clave. You could think Valentine was some kind of Hitler and everybody would recognize him. But no!
And the big revelation at the end, gross, way to go! I read the end knowing that Jace and Clary are not really brother and sister. But still playing with the whole incest thing is disturbing. I really cringed and laughed in some parts of the book. If this is the future of the publishing industry...
I think with a better editing this book could have been a lot better. But I felt like things were forced to be there some way. And the surprises and things being revealed every paragraph were like these latin american soap opera (I'm latin american BTW) where the poor servant girl ends up being shot, married, pregnant and secretly the heiress of a big wealth and of course she is hospitalized, loses the memory and then is shot again, kidnapped, raped, but then she gets married at the end and everybody is happy ever after and married. So many things happened just to shock the readers and of course you wonder: what is going to happen next? This series felt the same way as the soap operas.
I read the other two books and the story doesn't get better. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.
*Pastiche of everything. I'm referencing my quote Ms. Clare said it once regarding the fanfiction sworld as a pastiche of everything and who cares? at the end who cares if the story is good or bad. It sells! ;) *sarcasm* ...more
**spoiler alert** Need is the story of Zara White, her stepfather has passed away and her mom sends her away to Maine, where her Grandmother lives. Za**spoiler alert** Need is the story of Zara White, her stepfather has passed away and her mom sends her away to Maine, where her Grandmother lives. Zara discovers there's some strange man stalking her and maybe there is a connection with the disappearance of some boys from the town.
Now, she's the new girl from school and she is between two boys who like her. And yes, there's the super evil popular girl, Megan, who hates Zara because she is the competence and because one of the boys interested in Zara it's Megan's crush and interest.
Review (contain spoilers):
You can tell this is not original at all. You know, some girl new in town, everybody it's excited to know about her and some guys wanting her. And the town it's cold and she doesn't like the cold. I can add more, maybe the mystery guy in the shiny new car, a MINI, and she feels attracted to him. Are you thinking what I am thinking? Yes, Twilight. But there is a twist, because Nick, the mystery guy is not a vampire at all, he is superhuman and has strength and speed, but he is not a vampire. The stalker guy it's a pixie, yeah, a pixie, no the Tinkerbell style but the bloodsucking dangerous type. The pixies cannot enter a house without being invited, yes, you are reading well, a pixie vampirized. And the pixies are kidnapping the boys in town. I am not sure about this, but it seems cliché to me and the dialogue between characters it's painful to read. Zara is whining, the damsel in distress who is in denial and stubborn to do exactly the opposite she is told, I couldn't feel sympathy for her instead I felt she was so unreal to me. Nick, the love interest it's a guy with hero complex but that doesn't bothered me. He is a werewolf, and he is the alpha. Everyone's is a were, Dervyn is a were-eagle and Betty, Zara's grandmother, it's a were-tiger. But nobody knows how to defeat pixies and at the end of the day and it's Zara doing a searching in the Internet (sure, in Google) to find how to defeat the pixies. Besides that, her mom didn't tell Zara that her biological father it's the Pixie King that is stalking her. Yeah Zara it's the daughter of the Pixie King. It feels like a bad copy of Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr. I don't know, this story didn't appeal to me. Because I couldn't feel the story flows. It was like the sums of all the clichés in the Young Adult Books and that irritated me. The dialogue was so cheesy and flat. I wanted to end this book so I can move on to other stuff. This is the first one of a series and maybe I can start reading the second one just to know if it will more terrible than this one. And the Stephen King references, too much!
And remember guys, never judge the book by its cover. This book has a nice cover. Personally, the cover doesn't mean anything to me and I don't give attention if it's beautiful or shiny, it's getting sad that some publishers are putting big efforts on the covers of books but the stories inside those books are the same over and over, nothing new or interesting. ...more