Convenient. This was the word running through my head while reading the book. It is so chock-full of plot devices and asspulls, it's ridiculous!
ObseConvenient. This was the word running through my head while reading the book. It is so chock-full of plot devices and asspulls, it's ridiculous!
-> Our heroes are on the run and they need a car to get away, so they just waltz into a second-hand car shop and buy an SUV for 1500$... EVEN THOUGH THEY'RE ONLY 16 AND THEIR FACE IS PLASTERED ON NATIONAL TELEVISON EVERYWHERE ON ACCOUNT OF THEM BEING BRANDED AS TERRORISTS.
-> They need a place to hide - and voilà! A nice big mansion, complete with a swimming pool, is lying empty just for them to come along and crash for a few days.
-> Each of the nine Garde was assigned an adult, a Cêpan, as the author realised that he can't just leave teen kids on an alien planet, unaided BUT the author also realised that it won't be much fun with adults getting in the way so he conveniently has them all killed one by one.
(view spoiler)[-> Somewhere along the way, after John FINALLY reads Henri's letter, we find out that Sam's dad was a Loric ally who helped out Henri and John when they first came to Earth and he was, in fact, abducted by aliens.
AND THEN, just when our guys have run out of options and we're left thinking there's no possible way the story can move forward now, we find out that Sam's dad had buried something in his backyard - something that might help the Loriens defeat the Mogs - and had been hinting to Sam ALL THROUGH HIS CHILDHOOD to look there in a time of need - which is something Sam remembered JUST NOW.
This is just off the top of my head but there are PLENTY more where those came from!
The entire story feels like none of it was planned and carefully thought out. It isn't put together well at all and comes across as a complete mess. Two authors co-wrote this book and it shows. It is half-hearted and lazily written like the authors didn't care about anything other than the money they would be making from this book and the possible movie deal they had clearly kept in mind while writing.
Thankfully, unlike the previous book, John didn't take up the narration for the entire book (God, how I hate him!) - the story was also told from the POV of Number Seven, Marina, and she was infinitely more interesting than John. I was pleased with the direction Sarah's character took as I never liked her. Six was slightly unbelievable but still likable. No one else evoked ANY sort of emotion from me.
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Q. What do you get when you throw together - -> A newly appointed "Death Merchant" in charge of helping souls find the right bodies -> An infantQ. What do you get when you throw together - -> A newly appointed "Death Merchant" in charge of helping souls find the right bodies -> An infant girl who has the ability to kill people by merely pointing at them and saying "kitty" -> A lesbian who "borrows" her brother's Armani suits to hit on Yoga instructors -> A sixteen-year old goth girl who has a penchant for all things dark and broody -> An ex-cop with a disturbing obsession for dating websites for desperate Filipino (wo)men -> A Russian lady who has an odd fondness for bears -> A Chinese lady who swipes dead pets to make soup out of them -> A fellow "Death Merchant" named Minty Fresh, who wears only lime green clothes -> A homeless man who thinks he's the Emperor of San Fransisco and owns an army - of three dogs -> A female Buddhist monk who creates fashionably-dressed stuffed animals and animates them using the souls she steals -> Two old women who fake their own death and absolutely, positively refuse to die -> Three creatures of Darkness who lurk around in sewers and heckle at you as you pass by - and then try to kill you -> Two giant, black hell-hounds named Alvin and Mohammed, who'll eat anything from frozen chicken to fire extinguishers?
A. One hysterically funny book you SHOULD NOT MISS....more
I've been waiting forever and then some to get my hands on this book and let me tell you - the wait has been well worth it.
One of the most delightfulI've been waiting forever and then some to get my hands on this book and let me tell you - the wait has been well worth it.
One of the most delightful and charming stories I've had the pleasure of reading in recent times! Pitch perfect in every way. I was shocked to see that Oliver, who also wrote the insipid "Delirium", can deliver such an outstanding book!
Oliver's writing was, at least for me, one of the highlights of this book. Mildly reminiscent of Enid Blyton, it was extremely endearing. THIS is how a story from a child's POV, but also appealing to the adults, should be written. The gorgeous illustrations are another wonderful thing about the book and make the story all the more enjoyable to read!
Highest possible recommendation for Liesl and Po. Must read.
P.S - The unnamed, grouchy, old, cat-allergic lady might possibly be my favourite character in the book (Behind Mo, ofcourse :D )!...more
I should say first off that I might be a bit biased here when it comes to this series. I have tried putting off reading these books for the longest ofI should say first off that I might be a bit biased here when it comes to this series. I have tried putting off reading these books for the longest of times because of the author.
Before this novel came out, Clare was a fan-fiction writer - she wrote stories based on the LOTR and HP characters, and was quite popular among those circles. At that time, while writing a fan fiction story about Draco Malfoy (The Draco Trilogy), she was implicated in a big cyber scandal involving plagiarism (called 'Cassiegate'). It was found out that she had lifted chunks of material from another book and used them for her own stories, without properly citing the original author, and when confronted about it (with a large amount of concrete proof), she pleaded innocence ("it was a mistake") and absolutely refused to admit the plagiarism, resorting to name-calling and vicious backlash. It is safe to say that I have very little respect for Cassandra Clare as an author.
And so, I was extremely reluctant to dive into this series but after numerous glowing recommendations, I finally decided to give in and see what the deal was all about.
Surprisngly, I didn't hate it. I must admit, Clare can write. While the story wasn't earth-shattering, it was engaging enough to keep me mildly interested. Although, given her reputation, everytime there was a witty one-liner or repartee in the story, I couldn't help but wonder where she might have stolen those lines from.
Speaking of which, there are SO MANY similarities to Harry Potter in this story (I bet Clare couldn't resist), it's ridiculous! Observe -
1.Harry Potter: Muggles - Someone of the human world; non-magical. City of Bones: Mundanes - Someone of the human world; non-magical.
2.Harry Potter: Squibs - Witch or a Wizard who cannot do magic. City of Bones: Ifrits - Warlock who cannot do magic.
3.Harry Potter: Voldemort - Evil overlord who wants to rid the Magical world of mudbloods (someone of non-magic ancestry) and wants it to consist solely of purebloods (someone of magic ancestry) City of Bones: Valentine - Evil overlord who wants to rid the world of downworlders (vampires, werewolves, faeries etc. etc.) and wants it to consist solely of human beings.
4.Harry Potter: Death Eaters - Supporters of Voldemort, some who flee when he is destroyed and resurface claiming innocence, and some who abandon the group beforehand, realizing his feindishness. City of Bones: The Circle - Supporters of Valentine, some who flee when he is destroyed and resurface claiming innocence, and some who abandon the group beforehand, realizing his feindishness.
5.Harry Potter: The Deathly Hallows - The Wand, the Stone and the Cloak. Three, highly powerful magical objects which make one the Master of Death. City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments - The Cup, the Mirror and the Sword. Three, highly powerful magical objects (whose purpose hasn't been revealed yet, but I'm sure they make one all-powerful or something like that).
The protagonist, Clary (could the author BE more self-obsessed?) is thankfully nothing like Bella (though she gets dangerously close to becoming her by the end), but then again, she doesn't come across as anybody much. Throughout the book, we are told pretty much nothing about her except that she likes to paint and can't raise an eyebrow even if her life depends on it - I, honestly, couldn't see any qualities in her which would make two, extremely different guys fall in love with her. The male romantic interest, Jace, is a broody, angsty guy with a deep, dark, secret-filled past (CAN THIS CLICHE BE BANNED ALREADY?!). Except for Simon, Clary's BFF, none of the other characters are given any "screen time" so they come across as superfluous.
The shocker of a twist at the end was...interesting. I hadn't come across something like it before, but I felt it was poorly handled. Clary's and Jace's reaction to it was ridiculous - their whole life has been turned upside down and they go "WHAT? NO! Really? Oh, well. Hey, wanna go for a bike ride?"
Mildly engaging. Pick it up only if there's nothing better to read....more
A bizarre plot with a terrible beginning. Without any sort of background we are plunged into action. It works for Riordan but unfortunately not here.A bizarre plot with a terrible beginning. Without any sort of background we are plunged into action. It works for Riordan but unfortunately not here. Could not bring myself to read past the first 20 pages.
P.S - Mr. Patterson? Kids do NOT speak like that. You just sound like an adult trying too hard to talk in a way he thinks kids these days might talk. Bad sentence formation just now, you say? Yeah, that about sums up your book....more
If you are a curious soul, like me, and you got past the spoiler alert anyway, AND you intend to read this b** SPOILER ALERT **
Dear fellow Goodreader,
If you are a curious soul, like me, and you got past the spoiler alert anyway, AND you intend to read this book sometime in the future, then there's still time to change your mind, because I'm not going to hold anything back in this review.
Still here? Wise decision.
The writing in the first book was tolerable; the story had a smooth-ish flow and a sorta well-defined pace. The second book? Not so much. The story doesn't seem to so much as flow as be shoved down your throat. Everything seems to be forced. It's like Clare abandoned her original plot and decided to just wing it in order to win over more "fans". The plot is so bizarre with the characters displaying contradicting behaviour every few lines and stuff just happening with absolutely no reason given for it, WHATSOEVER.
Here are all the things that annoyed me beyond belief in this book -
1. Clary and Jace - For those who have't read the first book and don't intend to, these two are revealed to be siblings at the end (after they've made out a couple of times). BUT THEY STILL HAVE FEELINGS FOR EACH OTHER. At one point they even talk about going into hiding and being with each other, in between telling each other how much they want to suck face with the other person. I'm all for the LGBT movement and freedom to love whoever you want but, GOD, I draw the line at incest! Sheesh, Clare, in a YA book! What were you thinking?!
2. The Seelie court scene - What. The. Eff was that. The Queen of the Faeries summons them to her palace to discuss something. We are never told what that "something" is. Instead, Clare has the Queen (for some inexplicable reason) trap Clary and announce that she (the Queen) will release her (Clary) ONLY if Jace kisses her (Clary). AND THEN HE DOES (not in a brotherly way either, if you know what I mean).
I'll let the ridiculousness of this crap-fest sink in.
3. Vampire Simon - Yeah, Simon gets turned into a vampire. He sees Clary and Jace make out, loses it - understandably - and rushes into the midst of a bunch of vampires. The next thing we know, one of them brings his bloodied, almost dead body back to Clary and Jace with no trace of regret or guilt, and suggests they bury Simon so he can crawl his way out to become a full fledged vampire (O...kay?). Clary's reaction is so unbelievable - instead of attacking the vampire for what he and his clan did to Simon or, at least, ask what the hell actually happened to him, she asks the vampire, very calmly with no trace of anger, if it hurt Simon when the vampires attacked him. Seriously?
4. Maia - Maia is a werewolf. She is a friend of Luke's and we'll have known her all of two pages before she is attacked. While she is recuperating in Luke's house she meets Simon and screams bloody murder because she's a werewolf and Simon's a vampire and they're supposed to hate each other. ANYHOO, she later feels bad about her reaction because Simon's "the only one who treats her nice" and makes her feel like "she belongs" (HELLO? WE MET YOU TWO PAGES AGO!). So, she sneaks out of the house to go apologize to him and feels sorry for herself because nobody cares about her or thinks she is important and misses her (Read outraged message in caps above). Get over yourself, Maia!
5. Jace and Valentine - The author can't seem to make up her mind about whether Jace is Valentine's son or not. All of last book, she couldn't stress enough about how Jace looks exactly like Valentine, but we KNOW that that won't be the case and Jace won't turn out to be Clary's brother so that a way will be paved for the two to be finally together because there won't be another book if not and we all know Clare writes ONLY to please her fans and make more money, so now she seems to keep forgetting the plot of the first book and contradicts herself every few lines -
"His face was almost triangular, sharpening to a hard, pointed chin. He might have been considered handsome, Alec thought, but he was startlingly unlike Jace, lacking anything of his son's pale-gold looks...." ... and, literally, a few lines later ... "'Imogen,' Valentine said, his dark eyes grazing the Inquisitor with a look of satisfied amusement. That's Jace all over, that look, Alec thought."
I would have given this just one star, but that extra star is for the awesomeness that is Magnus Bane and that cute lil' thing he's got going on with Alec. Although, Magnus looks 19 but is actually 300(?) years old and Alec happens to be just 15 or 16, so that is a bit creep...