First of all, anyone and everyone who knows me know that when it comes to Vampires, I just gravitate towards them like a moth to a flame. It started w...moreFirst of all, anyone and everyone who knows me know that when it comes to Vampires, I just gravitate towards them like a moth to a flame. It started with Anne Rice and went on further than that.
Now seeing a book like this with the by-line and touted as the Vampire thriller that Dan Brown would have written, if in case he ever did, was enough to make me take notice. Although at first, I dismissed it quickly thinking of whatever angles would they think of next when it comes to our fanged brethren, as it it seemed like a desperate idea to forcefully graft an iconic creature such as this in our present world. Others have done so and have done wonders with it. While others, although lambasted for their efforts, were still met with the same form of success and scorn. While other throwaway Vampire novels, feel like they have not been well thought out.
But a well thought out novel is what this book really is a product of.
Enter Nathaniel Cade. He is a Vampire that has no time to deal with your crap and gets the job done when needed. Of course he should, for he is bound by duty to do whatever the US President asks of him. Unlike the brooding Vampires of late, he is decisive, quick, and very much the epitome of an efficient secret agent, except daylight can still incapacitate him to a degree.
Enter Zack Barrows, a young whiny man that gets the promotion of a lifetime. But in this case, working for the White House under covert and unconventional terms.
Put these two together and enmesh it with a new villain whom I won't be surprised if he surfaces again in future Cade titles, as well as a thought out streamlined plot, then you have for yourself a wonderful good read that is both light, fast-paced and hard to let go.
The only reason that it is one star short of 5, is because I felt the author could have given us more of Cade as well as the surprise allegiances and twists that Dan Brown himself has seemingly made a trademark of his own writing with. But nonetheless, it is still a good read and a breakthrough effort of a debut novel.
With that said, I sooo need to find my 2nd book, underneath the tons of books in my very own Book Box. :)
**spoiler alert** A fitting end to a successful series had the author not taken it upon herself to continue the story into another trilogy.
Don't know...more**spoiler alert** A fitting end to a successful series had the author not taken it upon herself to continue the story into another trilogy.
Don't know if its because I was in a rush to finish this but I felt I liked the 2nd book more than this "last" one. All throughout the read, I held my breath for I knew that Clary and Jace couldn't be siblings, as the author would not deliberately set herself up with a plot device that if continued and "acted" upon would certainly disgust most of her young readers as it would be tantamount to glorifying incest in a young adult movie.
Also after having seen the trailer for the upcoming movie adaptation of the first film, I still feel that Jamie Campbell Bower is miscast as Jace and that the actor who played Tarzan in the short-lived and defunct Tv series, Tarzan, named, Travis Fimmel, still would've been aptly fit to play the role.
Nonetheless, after "marathoning" all three books in a months time, I am willing to take a break and allow myself to develop a substantial feeling of withdrawal from this world that Stephenie Meyer fully endorses and wants to immerse herself with.
Moving forward I expect more strength of character from Clarissa and less impulsiveness, not to mention, giving herself the chance to train and be trained. After all, she is a Shadowhunter after all; a kick-ass slayer of demons who has the power to create new runes after being discovered of her infusion of angel blood during her childhood.
So here's to more infectious reading, less predictable characters and more surprises not to mention challenges for these characters whom I have grown fondly of in the last month. Go Magnus Bane and Alec. Go Jocelyn and Luke. Oh...and more maturity for both Clary and Jace.(less)