This book started out a little generic to me with the girl doesn’t know she’s anything special and is trying to live a normal life when all of a suddeThis book started out a little generic to me with the girl doesn’t know she’s anything special and is trying to live a normal life when all of a sudden in her teenage years she learns that monsters exist and she’s part of their world. Something happens and a family member is in trouble and she has to learn about her place in the world she didn’t know existed in order to go to the rescue. But that is pretty much where the cliché teenage fantasy novel plot building ends. The world in this novel is unique and exciting with a lot of aspects I haven’t read about before. I admit the first part of this book took a while for me to follow because of the complex world building and learning about the Shadowhunters (demon hunters), the Downworlders (vampires, werewolves, fae, warlocks, etc), and everyone involved. There are items and concepts I am not familiar with and it took a while to grasp everything and have the world come together in my mind. But that is to be expected in a first book in a series, so I was patient with it.
This is a story where the people who you think are dead might not really be dead, family connections are not what they initially seem, and everyone has secrets. I’m not going to include any spoilers in this review, so I will try to keep everything vague. Clary is learning about her new Shadowhunter friends: brother and sister Alec and Isabelle, and Jace, who is an orphan and has been raised by Alec and Isabelle’s parents. Also, her best friend and mundane (completely human) best friend Simon refuses to be left out. These are our main characters. Jace is instantly super protective of Clary and that doesn’t get explained until later in the book when all the bombshells are dropped. And let me tell you there are some pretty cool bombshells. There’s also a bit of a Star Wars parallel between the characters but any more details than that would be spoilery. There’s also a lot of unrequited love between many of the characters so we can’t even really say there is a love interest or a love triangle because it is quite complex. Once the action gets started, everything moves pretty quickly with a lot of mystery and final realizations toward the end.
I gave this book 4 stars but it might be more of a 3.75 rounded up. The world building does take a while and all the major plot development happens at the very end of the story. It definitely builds up and makes you want to read the next book to know what happens....more
According to the author's message at the end of the audio, this is the book he meant to write and had to write Ender's Game to set it up. Another greaAccording to the author's message at the end of the audio, this is the book he meant to write and had to write Ender's Game to set it up. Another great work. ...more
I think the major point this story makes is you never know how your actions affect another person. Hannah talks about a snowball effect and how one ruI think the major point this story makes is you never know how your actions affect another person. Hannah talks about a snowball effect and how one rumor lead to another and eventually caused her to want to check out of life.
At first, I thought her reasons why were just petty. High school sucks and people are evil to each other, rumors get spread, yes it is true. I also felt that Hannah made up her mind way before some of the other things happened because she didn't seem to connect to people and pushed the few that did try to talk to her away. I think she wanted an excuse, wanted to prove to herself that people didn't care.
This novel also brings up the point that so many people just stand by and let things happen when they could have said something, done something, and a tragedy could have been prevented. Many characters in this story are guilty of just walking away and later realizing what their inaction caused to happen.
Overall I think this is a very powerful story and is a good way to discuss a serious topic. ...more
I really enjoyed this story. I really liked that rather than having the mermaid be a mythological magical creature in a paranormal world, she is a regI really enjoyed this story. I really liked that rather than having the mermaid be a mythological magical creature in a paranormal world, she is a regular person with a few developmental differences. The story was very suspenseful with a ton of action. I enjoyed the main characters and their personalities too. All in all, a really good read....more