This was kind of a disappointment. I enjoyed the first book (City of Bones) even though our heroine, Clary, was kind of lame. Sadly, s...moreWeeeellllll.....
This was kind of a disappointment. I enjoyed the first book (City of Bones) even though our heroine, Clary, was kind of lame. Sadly, she continues to be mopey and whiny for most of this book. I just want to shake her and tell her to stop being so passive! Ugh. But more than Clary's lack of development as a character, the thing that really bothered me about this book is that it just felt so amateur.
The writing itself is flawed (don't EVEN get me started on the dangling participles and misplaced modifiers!!!), and on more than one occasion Clare falls into the trap of telling her readers what happened rather than showing them. As in, the story is propelled forward to a moment of great action, and instead of letting the action play out, Clare abruptly stops, jumps us forward in time an hour (or whatever), and proceeds to have a character tell us what went down before, when she could have JUST SHOWN US IN THE FIRST PLACE! (That said, in some cases where she does attempt to show the action, the writing is just terrible, so maybe she's better off with the telling approach...)
My gut feeling is that given the popularity of the first book, Cassandra Clare (and her editors and publishers) rushed this one to print without giving it the attention it needed to be a quality read. The world she's created is still so rich and fascinating, and the characters are compelling (even Clary with all her foibles). I'm going to soldier on with book three. Please, OH PLEASE, just let the writing improve.(less)
I hate to say this, but I had to give up on this book. I sooooooo wanted to like it, it seemed to have everything I like in a book going for it, and i...moreI hate to say this, but I had to give up on this book. I sooooooo wanted to like it, it seemed to have everything I like in a book going for it, and it came so highly recommended, but oh dear, I just could not get into it.
I think what bothered me was the writing style. It reads like a tween's livejournal (and I think I'm correct in understanding that parts of it are in fact drawn from a livejournal account?). The tenses are all jumbled, which rather than lending immediacy or authenticity to the writing, just makes it really hard to follow. It jumps from topic to topic willy-nilly, which is fine for a journal or diary, but is exhausting in fiction meant for others to read. Basically, there are some magical, wonderful ideas in this book, that just aren't executed well.
That said, maybe all of the things that didn't work for me, will work for another reader. Rather than giving this book 1 star, I'm giving it none since I couldn't finish it. Maybe someday I'll revisit it and make it to the end and my opinions will change. But for now, there are too many other books I'd rather be reading.(less)
I'm giving this 4 stars, but its really more of a 3.5.
That said, I wound up liking this WAY more than I expected. Yeah, it's teen-paranormal-romance-w...moreI'm giving this 4 stars, but its really more of a 3.5.
That said, I wound up liking this WAY more than I expected. Yeah, it's teen-paranormal-romance-whatever-ness, and yeah, it's kind of on the long side, but it was also just a lot of fun to read. I liked that for once the narrator was a teenage boy (not that the male voice isn't EVERYWHERE else in literature, but it was still a nice change of pace for this kind of book), I really liked the world building and mythology the authors created, and the whole paranormal/sweeping Southern drama mash up was ridiculous and a lot of fun.
Beautiful Creatures isn't the Great American Novel, but it's entertaining nonetheless.(less)