**spoiler alert** A good book! Some parts I thought were better than the first, but some weren't as good. Also a little less creepier than the first,**spoiler alert** A good book! Some parts I thought were better than the first, but some weren't as good. Also a little less creepier than the first, I thought.
[SPOILER ALERT] Patch was a bit of a jerk. There were several instances when I wanted to just go in there and slap him. Rixon was a total surprise. You'd have no idea that the entire time, he was the baddie. He seemed like such a perfect boyfriend to Vee. Then again, I felt Nora might have been just a little too trusting.
The ending was a huge cliffhanger, definitely leaving me waiting for more!...more
**spoiler alert** Another great book from Cassandra Clare! I love her and her Shadowhunter books! This one was set in Victorian London, completely dif**spoiler alert** Another great book from Cassandra Clare! I love her and her Shadowhunter books! This one was set in Victorian London, completely different from the present-day New York that the other books are set in. However, it totally works for the theme. I love the way Cassie creates her characters. There are some that I just wish were real and living. Maybe only in my dreams. :(
The three main characters are Tessa, Will, and Jem- the perfect setting for a love triangle. I'm totally team Will, *ducks from team Jem fanatics* because I've always been into the hot, bad-boy types. :) I kind of wanted to kick him in the end though.
There are also many strong supporting characters, such as Henry (love him!), Charlotte, and Jessamine. Sorry if I forgot somebody else important. I love Henry's craziness and his mad determination (his inventions are pretty great, too) and Charlotte's brave, strong figure (really young and running an Institute!). I love how Jessamine is different from the rest of the Shadowhunters, but she still knows how to kick @$$ with that parasol of hers if needed.
And of course, we have the wonderful, hilarious Magnus Bane, who is also a presence in the TMI books. Can't get enough of him!
[SPOILER ALERT] As for the ending, it just totally shocked me. Nathaniel?? Tessa's own brother?? Wow. *reels back from shock*
Well then, needless to say, I can hardly wait for the next book! It won't be long before I can't control myself any longer, and will storm Cassandra Clare's house. At least I'll have the release of The City of Fallen Angels to hold me back for bit. It comes out April 5, 2011....more
You have no idea how excited I was for this book. I finished City of Glass in the spring of 2009 and I fRead the review at iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books.
You have no idea how excited I was for this book. I finished City of Glass in the spring of 2009 and I felt like I would blow up if I didn't have more of Jace and Clary and Isabelle and Simon and Alec and Magnus. And more Jace. Sadly, though, that was a very long time ago. Enough time for my personal book hype to fade away. So of course I was excited when this book arrived at my doorstep. But not as excited as I would've been if it was one year ago.
I suppose I was, at most, satisfied with this book. I just wasn't as into it. I'm pretty sure that if I had re-read the first three The Mortal Instruments novels like I promised myself I would (Hey, life got in the way, okay?) then I would've like it a lot more. I had so much trouble rating this book when I finished it. I didn't want to give it less than a four because it's, well, part of the TMI series. (And there's Jace!) But going by the Goodreads rating system, a four is "I really liked it," which isn't very true in my case. But it's not a 3.5 So then... a 3.75? Maybe it was because I was sleep-deprived while reading this, or maybe it had been too long since City of Glass, but I didn't read this one with much feeling.
Moving on... Simon's story made me sad. Yeah. That's really all I can say. I was never a huge fan of him. I just saw him as the good best friend that had been harboring a crush for years and years. Sure, that was sweet, but I figured that if you like a girl that long, you either make a move, or just give up and move on. I didn't really get how he was totally okay with going out with two girls, though. Is that what society has turned into? You have to discuss "exclusively dating" or it's absolutely okay to be going out with other people? I thought this would be considered cheating. I did feel bad for him. I mean, he's going to end up living forever and ever, after all of the people he loves dies... like Magnus said, it's just "going to be the two of us" afterwards. And I feel bad. He didn't ask for this life.
I was, as usual, a huge fan of Isabelle. I love that girl. She's tough and snarky. But she has a heart, too. I prefer her much more to Jessamine in Clockwork Angel, just saying. She has some of the best lines in the book, and I can't wait to see more of her. She was kind of, well, a b with an itch (if my memory doesn't fail me) in the first couple of books, so I really enjoyed her in this one.
Clary was... Clary. Typical her. I'm not a huge fan of her, either. I always thought of her as an okay character. She's lucky she gets Jace... but I just don't like her personality. I found her too helpless. I'm hoping she grows a bit more in future books. In the end she kind of made me want to throw the book at the wall. She was basically setting herself up to be killed...
And Jace. Ohhhh, Jace. He will always have a special place in my heart. Still swoon-worthy, as always. I almost want to say that he's the only reason I enjoyed this book so much. Good thing there's so much of him. I loved his point of view the most. He always made things interesting. In this book, you see so much more behind that sarcastic, confident shell of his and he's in so much more torment. Of course, it's because of Clary. You'd think those two could finally get together, but nooooo. Apparently not. Makes me want to stab myself.
All in all, this was another good installment of The Mortal Instruments and I will continue with the series till its end. Not as great as the previous three, but definitely enjoyable. I still think this entire series is a must read for everybody, so hopefully I will find the time to re-read all the books and give this one another chance....more