This was an interesting, there is a lot going on in the story. I think you can go deep into the symbolism throughout this one, so much so that it migh...moreThis was an interesting, there is a lot going on in the story. I think you can go deep into the symbolism throughout this one, so much so that it might be worth a second read. I was switching between reading and listening and I found my attention drifting when listening to it so I didn’t catch everything.
Religion plays a big part in the story and how corrupt men can become in their interpretations of the Bible, though I missed whether or not it is like a new Bible or if it supposed to be the one we use now or whatever. Our heroine was raised by a non-believer and a skeptic, so when she encounters a priest who is devout she is surprised and I think she respects him. I found their interactions to be interesting to read. Her adoptive mother says this: “Even a book can be dangerous in the wrong hands, and when that happens, you blame the hands, but you also read the book.” I worry sometimes when authors write about a topic that is polarizing that they don’t show both sides or interact with characters who believe both ways, Johansen did and I liked that.
If you want a romance, this is not the book. I imagine it will come in future installments but aside from our MC being attracted to someone there is nothing. Because hey! She just became queen and she has a lot on her plate.
My favorite parts of the book were the interactions between Mace and Kelsea. I absolutely loved their book closing conversation. I want to know more about Mace, I certainly hope we get to know more of his back story in the future.
My complaint about this one is that it is very much a starter book. You are given a little bit on every character; just enough to make you want to know more about them so nothing feels complete. Though I suppose that is how it is supposed to be!
"You needn't worry about frightening me. I must fear death no matter which stories you choose to tell." "Perhaps, Lady, but fear can be hobbling in its own way."
"Everyone dies eventually. I think it's better to die clean."
"Javel saw evil in those bright blue eyes, not malevolence but something much worse; an evil born of lack of self-awareness, an evil that didn't know it was evil and therefore could justify anything."
"She looked at the land around her, the deep amber of the wheat cut by the yellow line of the road, and wished that she could make it a softer world."
"They knew, Lady. They always knew. They made a sacrifice, and you should weep, but you should also honor them for it." (less)
this is violent. Like, violent. I suppose you can get that from the title but sheesh.
I thought it was incredibly interesting and fast paced. A few th...morethis is violent. Like, violent. I suppose you can get that from the title but sheesh.
I thought it was incredibly interesting and fast paced. A few things seemed a little too convenient and the little romance was pretty dumb. There were also a couple characters that you could tell were created to die, they were given a bit of a sob story background but had hearts of gold - that type.
It is a bugger of an ending though, seriously. You finish and you are like, "UGH, seriously." This could have been an awesome standalone book but noooooo always with the cliffhangers.
If you are in the mood to read something with a lot of fighting, this one is for you.
"Scars are trophies in the Shallows. They show we know how to cheat death."
"His eyes meet mine again. I stare back. I'm about to piss myself."
"I wonder if she feels anything at all, or if her heart is too dead to have wants and desires."(less)
I liked this one. It was a nice capper to the series. I still prefer The Infernal Devices to TMI but it is still a fun and well thought out adventure....moreI liked this one. It was a nice capper to the series. I still prefer The Infernal Devices to TMI but it is still a fun and well thought out adventure.
Sebastian is reliably creepy and Simon is reliably the BEST. Because Clary and Jace are together there are not many moony glances, they are just there and caring about each other. I liked that the romances took a back burner to the war.
I wonder what those who haven't read The Infernal Devices will think about the tie ins with Jem and Tessa. I think if I hadn't read TID I would be like, "I don't give a crap about what Tessa has to say about Herondales? Who is this chick?" I also found that I didn't care much about some of the side stories. I felt like Emma's story was given a lot of shine because she's going to get a spin-off. I wanted less of Emma and more of crazy vampire Maureen.
I felt like there were a few things that were just a bit too convenient. Mostly, the very end with Asmodeus. (view spoiler)[also, Maureen's death. AND Sebastian not killing ANYONE that Clary really cared about.If he was truly crazy he would likely kill SOMEONE. (hide spoiler)] It was one last twist that I felt didn't really need to be included,(view spoiler)[if you don't want to kill anyone off then don't kill anyone off, ya know? What was the purpose of making Simon forget everything if you are just going to have him remember everything 10 pages later? (hide spoiler)] I've noticed that Clare seems to want to make everyone happy with her endings but I'd be ok with a little bit of realism thrown in there. It is a war, after all. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I was in a bit of a reading slump and then Leigh Bardugo comes in to save the day.
I love this story. I love Alina's struggle with the power she wield...moreI was in a bit of a reading slump and then Leigh Bardugo comes in to save the day.
I love this story. I love Alina's struggle with the power she wields. I don't quite know how I feel about the "solution" to her struggle with power but overall I'd give this series 5 stars because I want to read it again and again.
"You are on your knees. We are not negotiating."
"You don't want this, I told myself. But I felt my edges curl like a piece of paper held too close to the fire."
"You might make me a better man." "And you might make me a monster." (less)
I can stand a fare amount of cheesiness but the horrible dialogue was just too much. I've never read a book where the MC said "Ou...moreAWFUL. AWFUL. AWFUL.
I can stand a fare amount of cheesiness but the horrible dialogue was just too much. I've never read a book where the MC said "Our gaze met and locked" so many times. I tried to count but it became too much. Oh my goodness. I need to stop before this turns into a rant but I will say that there is nothing this book has to offer the reader. If you've read YA before you've read this book already and you've likely read a WAY better version. Spend your time on those and not this. (less)