I really loved this book! The fallen angel concept turned out better than I thought it would be. Unlike some books, I really couldn't guess who the bad guy was. It was really suspenseful and a must-read for anyone who loves YA.
Cons: This has nothing to do with the book, it's something inside it. Near the beginning, they were having a sex education class. I'm opposed to those in schools anyway. I think that conversation should be between the parents and kids (Or maybe even a doctor) not the school coach. It just seems to me like they're encouraging more than educating. It started I guess because some parents aren't involved, but kids whose parents are involved should be able to opt-out. I know I would walk right out of that class, especially when they started asking kids what attracted them about the opposite sex and what not. That's personal and private, am I wrong? Are they going to teach which position you should be in next? Are they already?
It's by far my favorite book. It's so different and everything is easy to envision. A lot of twists and turns and there's always something awesome happening! Using runes, blades that can heal, demons and creatures hiding right in front of our eyes, and the use of the Nephilim is so unique. I've never read so much action in a book. There were a lot of hilarious moments with Jace and Simon. This book has everything. Romance, Horror, Comedy. A must read.
Cons: I hated Clary. She was so mean, naive, arrogant. Let me explain. 1) Every time she got mad (which every little thing set her off) she wanted to hurt someone; slap, kick, you name it. When she got mad at Jace for something he said that, for some reason, she didn't like, she slapped him. I would never slap my boyfriend, I don't care how mad I am at him. 2) She thinks she knows everything there is to know about Shadowhunters, Demons, and the Circle after only a day and when someone tries to tell her otherwise, she says they're lying and that they're wrong. She knows better, they don't even though they lived it their whole lives. 3) At Magnus' party, Clary found out that Simon turned into a rat and she immediately blamed Isabelle even though it wasn't her fault and it was only an accident. Simon turned himself into a rat and Isabelle actually tried to stop him, but she was called a B-word by Clary. Another reason why she's arrogant is because she doesn't realize that she's putting everyone else in danger because she runs off and they have to go after her.
It was a little more boring compared to the first book. It was still very good, however. There were lot more surprises than the last book had and those surprises seemed to change the dynamic of everything.
Cons: Clary didn't change. She was still mean. She's really mean to Isabelle because she is jealous of her, she evens says so. "'Let him die, you mean.' Clary jerked her arm out of Isabelle's grip. 'Of course that's what you think. You think everyone who isn't just like you is better off dead anyway.'" That is one example among many others. So many times did I want to tell her off! Someone offered her a tissue on a train when she was crying and she yelled at him, "What do you think you're looking at, jerk?!"
Also, with my experience with editing, I'm seeing more mistakes than I used to. Every book has a few mistakes, I know, but I noticed sentences that could've been worded better and sentences that didn't need to be in there at all. It just goes to show that even a professional editor misses a lot of things and that even the best selling books aren't written as well as they could be.
I could barely get through it. Actually, I couldn't even finish reading it. It would be a waste of time to read it. It was gross and I'm surprised it's even considered a YA book. Possibly, it's too much for teens to read. If parents knew about it, most wouldn't let their teen read it. It gave me images that I'd rather not have in my head. If that's how High School is like, then I am so glad I'm home-schooled. The bright side, is that Zoey thinks it's all gross too, so it's not like it glamorizes all that nasty stuff. If anything it shows how bad, stupid, and ridiculous that stuff really is. That's the only thing I like about it.
It was an awesome idea/plot but the nasty stuff did ruin it and no one who is in their early teens/tweens should even consider picking this up. I won't be reading the rest of the series.