*slams head on desk* Damn it, I liked it. Although to be fair, Cassie's writing has vastly, vastly improved - she's come a long way from City of Bones*slams head on desk* Damn it, I liked it. Although to be fair, Cassie's writing has vastly, vastly improved - she's come a long way from City of Bones and is finally writing in the lyrical way she's been wanting to for so long. Not to mention this is the first well written love triangle I've ever come across, and the resolving of it was - while a little copout-y - dealt with grace and maturity from all parties involved. Minus one star for too many uninteresting subplots.
Guess I'm still stuck in Cassie's thrall. *sigh* ...more
I don't really know why I put "realistic fiction" as one of my tags, considering everything about this book is totally unbelievable. Here's just a fewI don't really know why I put "realistic fiction" as one of my tags, considering everything about this book is totally unbelievable. Here's just a few:
(1)Someone as boring and ordinary as Ana attracting the attention of someone like Christian (probably a wish fulfillment fantasy on the author's part).
(2)A 27-year-old billionare. Born to a crack whore. Yeah.
(3)Ana as a literature student. *dies laughiing*
(4) The sex. As in, Ana going from a scared virgin to a sex goddess IN ONE NIGHT.
(5) The lack of plot. No, seriously. The "conflict" I assume, would be the contract, but nothing ever actually BECOMES of it. It's always there in the background, but it's not like Ana and Christian don't have sex becaue of it, or not do the things they aren't supposed to do until it's signed.
(6) Ana NOT a submissive person.
(7) Ana and Christian in love. It's like those paranormal young adult romances, where the heroine SAYS she loves the hero, but never talks about anything other than his looks, and sometimes his charm. Never his personality, which is usually either nonexistent or freakishly dominant. As for Christian - why would he love Ana? What makes her different, exactly? Any sane person would have reacted to the situation the way Ana had, with the exception of GETTING THE HELL OUTTA THERE IMMEDIATELY. Consequently:
(8) Ana and Christian falling in love in 3 weeks, when they do nothing but screw and fight.
(9) Ana as a 21-year-old woman. She has no clue what the subconscious is, for crying out loud.
(10) The ending. So contrived, and so unnecessary - you just KNOW it won't last, consisdering this is a trilogy.
(11) That this book is even published. I wouldn't say this is the worst book I've ever read, but it's the worst written. It's scary bad. My brain is sore.
I know I should give this one star like every other self respecting person out there, but in a disgusting, sordid kind of way, it IS entertaining. ...more
This book would have been more appropriately titled “City of Angst”. I mean really, what kind of crap was this? I knew there’d have to be relationshipThis book would have been more appropriately titled “City of Angst”. I mean really, what kind of crap was this? I knew there’d have to be relationship trouble because there were all these couples Cassie had to deal with, but it was TOO MUCH and COMPLETELY UNNECESSARY . Who’ve we got again? We’ve got:
- Clary and Jace: Who seem to have some pseudo-epic romance. Yes, those two weeks it took you to fall in love is comparable to the months/years it takes for people to ACTUALLY get to know each other. And yes Clary, claiming that you care more about your pretty boyfriend than curing world disease or hunger is romantic, not so unbelievably selfish and stupid that it shouldn’t even be put into this shallow teen book. Do they have anything in common? Really? Do they ever have fun? Because it seems all this “love” story consists of is making out, crying and cheesy speeches. That isn’t a relationship, and shouldn’t be deemed “epic”. - The Simon/Isabelle/Maia triangle: Probably the least angst-y, but still ridiculous. It was so out of character for Simon to two-time, it had to have only been put there for one reason: for filler. It was so obvious who he’d pick, anyway. Still, there were moments it was quite amusing. - Maia and Jordan: For crying out loud, this is getting out of control. What did this add? What was even the point of these two characters, anyhow? They were a waste of space. - Alec and Magnus: Alec had never really been a front runner character, but I knew his personality well enough from the first three books to know he was not this whiny or immature. Once again, pointless drama to show that no couple is perfect, everyone has problems. Yes. You’ve shown us that Cassie. Repeatedly. It was just so hackneyed because you knew Alec wasn’t like this; he’s much more of the quiet, mature type. Although it did bring up a pretty valid concern in their relationship: Magnus is immortal and Alec is not. It’ll be interesting to see how that’ll play out.
The only romance that wasn’t insane was between Jocelyn and Luke, but y’know, they’re ADULTS, so that wouldn’t be any fun. After all that crazy, it’s amazing there was any plot at all. It was a weak one, but there was one, something to do with demon babies and Lilith. It was clear this book was made solely on making more money, because this was such a different story, having nothing to do with the Mortal Instruments anymore, even though this book is still under that series. It was still somewhat entertaining – as always, there were a few witty scenes and quips – but this book wasn’t relevant. All the characters became whiny little self-absorbed bitches – their people were dying, there are babies being kidnapped, and they didn’t even really seem to care all that much. All that stuff took a backseat to relationship drama. To be honest, I’m being generous with the three stars but despite my hatred for romance, Simon being the main character helped matters a bit, because his sole purpose wasn’t having a girlfriend. Luckily for me, the next book doesn’t come out for quite some time. Maybe I can forget how eye-roll inducing this was by then. ...more