I cannot with this book. I'll be the first to admit that I only read this book because my roommate had it and she said it was terrible. She did not me...moreI cannot with this book. I'll be the first to admit that I only read this book because my roommate had it and she said it was terrible. She did not mention how terrible.
Look, I am not into BDSM but the terribleness in this book goes beyond my unfamiliarity with BDSM. Christian Grey is a violence-obsessed stalker, obsessed with maybe the least observant person on the planet. I cannot understand why he is so interested in Ana, other than the fact that she is clearly easy to manipulate.
Their "love" story is not compelling, it's scary. I spent the whole book hoping Ana would come to her senses and end her relationship with Christian or that anyone would come to her aid. I hate the advice to not "overthink" things. If he makes you so uncomfortable, don't ignore it! Think it through! HE WANTS TO BEAT YOU FOR HIS PLEASURE!!! If the only reason you like him is because he is incredibly gorgeous, maybe you need to rethink your connection.
This review is so all over the place, but I just couldn't. He flies across the entire country to come be with Ana after she said she was visiting her mom to get away from him. But it's okay, she emailed him saying she missed him. None of this behavior is acceptable or makes sense.
Beyond Christian Grey, possible serial killer, Ana is perhaps the most boring protagonist. She has no personality, beyond her emails. She is 21 years old, never been drunk, never had an email account before, didn't own a computer, and didn't understand how to research things. I don't know how university works in England, but you cannot possibly pass college, let alone graduate with presumably an acceptable GPA, in America without understanding Google. How can you be 21 in this day and time and not understand email? My grandma can email people and even play Scrabble on the computer and she is 80 years old.
I cannot understand how there are two more books. Does anything actually happen in them besides Christian continuing to escalate his stalker behavior? Does Ana become more a victim? Does she experience Stockholm Syndrome? Just what.(less)
**spoiler alert** Some along the way with this book, I just wanted it to end. I was sick of Clary and Jace's all-consuming love. I was done with Sebas...more**spoiler alert** Some along the way with this book, I just wanted it to end. I was sick of Clary and Jace's all-consuming love. I was done with Sebastian being such a cliche villain. Heaven forbid the book actually become interesting and have Sebastian be a morally complex villain with Clary actually wrestling with who to side with. I was really hoping that Jace would die along with Sebastian - just anything to give with book any sort of tension, instead of the slow march to the inevitable.
I wished Clary's mom was in the books more. Every time she's mentioned, she's always shoved to the side or her opinion doesn't matter. She was in a bad relationship with a controlling man, who did truly love her. This could probably be paralleled to Clary and Jace. But nope, Jace is 100% perfect and he and Clary are destined to be with each other, regardless of how dopey it is or who else gets hurt in the meantime.
I also couldn't stand Maia and Jordan's romance. He beat her up but he was real sorry about it, so it's okay. Just no. Also, all of a sudden neither Simon nor Maia care that the other one is a romantic relationship? Couldn't there have been some conflict there? Just a little?
The book wasn't completely nonredeemable: I liked Simon and Isabelle's relationship. I'm also glad that Magnus dumped Alec. That's about all I enjoyed from this book.
While I have never truly loved/liked the series, some of the books have been better than others. Mostly, the quality of the books have to do with how ridiculous Jace and Clary are. I have no love for Jace, ever. He's a egotistical jerk and no one dares to take him down a peg. Clary is a fine character on her own and I like her relationship with Simon, but she becomes so awful with Jace. She only cares about Jace, Jace is so wonderful and attractive, blah blah blah blah blah.
I've read all the books so far because I like to complete things and I overall like the world that Cassandra Clare has built (minus the fact that the Nephilim are the ruling class and all of the "Downworlders" are their underlings), but I don't know if I can stomach more books.(less)
**spoiler alert** The story in the second book is more fast-paced, and therefore more enjoyable, than the first book's plot. However, as mentioned in...more**spoiler alert** The story in the second book is more fast-paced, and therefore more enjoyable, than the first book's plot. However, as mentioned in other reviews, Clary simply doesn't do anything: she just reacts to other people doing things. She doesn't break up with Simon (even though she doesn't like him romantically), she doesn't outsmart the faerie queen, and she is barely involved in the final battle! At least she doesn't slap anyone in this book; instead she spends most of the book on the verge on tears. Other than Clary and Jace, who was annoying and basically an asshole (I spent all of the book rooting for the Inquisitor! Jace was an asshole who was insensitive and prone to breaking out of his prison cell, so why was the Inquisitor such a bitch for doing her job well?), I'd much rather read a book about any of the other characters.
Also, I found it creepy that the book basically supported incest. Um...what?(less)
**spoiler alert** If I could, I would probably rate the book as 2.5 stars. I started out disliking the book, but as the plot picked up, the book did g...more**spoiler alert** If I could, I would probably rate the book as 2.5 stars. I started out disliking the book, but as the plot picked up, the book did get more enjoyable. The main problem is how much I dislike Clary. She is so oblivious to things that it defies belief. She didn't know that Simon was clearly in love with her, she didn't know that Luke was clearly only looking out for her and so on... The numerous times she mentioned that something reminded her of a poem or that she knew "fancy" words or French made her seem snooty and, as another reviewer mentioned, that having her slap everyone does not make her likable or bad ass, it makes her seem like a crazy bitch. Another thing is that I could care less about Clary's and Jace's romance. Having been spoiled of the ending, it didn't disturb me as much as others when it was revealed that Clary and Jace were siblings. However, it was pretty gross that Cassandra Clare allowed them to make out first, especially since this is a young adult book. Basically, I was interested in all the other characters minus Clary and Jace. I would much rather read a series about Isabelle, Luke, Alec, Simon, or any of the Downworld creatures.
Some various stray observations: - There were a few minor typos in the book that bothered me. Are there no good copy editors for young adult books? These are minor mistakes, but it still really bothers me, especially things like missing quotation marks which can lead to confusing sentences. - The numerous times that Clary mentioned that she forgot other characters like her mother and Simon, because she was too wrapped up in being in love with Jace made me dislike her even more. Her mother is held captive by a crazed mass murderer and she's more concerned with the that fact that a pretty boy likes her? - Like some other reviewers, the relationship between the much older Magnus and Alec is pretty creepy to me. - However, I do disagree with people whose main gripe with the book is that it copies from other books/tv/movies. All stories features some kind of cliche or familiar character.(less)