**spoiler alert** First of all. CLARE. What the FUCK are you doing to my heart? This shouldn't be allowed to do. I'm just. THE ENDING BROKE MY FUCKING...more**spoiler alert** First of all. CLARE. What the FUCK are you doing to my heart? This shouldn't be allowed to do. I'm just. THE ENDING BROKE MY FUCKING HEART INTO PIECES AND LEFT ME LAYING ON THE FLOOR IN A CRYING PUDDLE. Well. Not on the floor, but on my bed. Sobbing. My flatmates wondered what was wrong, and I could only point to the book.
Not that this book is perfect. By far. Well, it is, but I'm really pissed at the ending. Jem. Didn't. Want. To. Be. A. Silent. Brother. He didn't. At all. It was like pronlonging his suffering so much it wasn't even funny. I didn't cry when I thought that he was dead. But I cried like eff when I realized that he was alive and Will and Tessa wasn't going to be able to talk to him again. Never. It broke my heart when I realised that, because that is the ultimate pain, isn't it? Knowing you have your friend alive, but never being able to speak to them again. Someone you have shared your whole life with, but and knowing that they are alive, but being cut off from talking to them.
I loved the plot, I really did. But the whole Jem-thing annoyed me. And when she sort of couldn't have both of them, she suddenly could anyway, because there was a cure. Yes, it was 100 years later, but still. I feel that Clare didn't want to make a choice between Will and Jem. I feel that she sort of went a bit along the Meyer-line here. Not being able to sacrifice any of her beloved characters. Rowling got it, she knew she needed it because of the story. The story, for me, would have been better if Jem had died. And in the epilogue we'd see Will and Tessas children. Not that Will dying wasn't heartbreaking and beautiful, but I kind of needed a more happy ending. And I feel that Jem ending up with Tessa wasn't as happy as I would want it to be.
Anyway. I loved how Tessa just suddenly turned into a fucking angel. That was the biggest plot twist I've ever seen. It was utterly and beautifully a perfect plot twist. I was just like. WHAT THE F JUST HAPPENED? And then I was so happy when Henry was all fixed up and good to go. Oh, Henry. I love him.
Not that that was the only plot twist though. There was a lot of them throughout the book, and I loved each and every one of them. Oh god, Clare. I really hope The Mortal Instruments is just as good as The Infernal Devices. I really and truly hope so.(less)
**spoiler alert** No. just no. I feel like I need to make a new shelf for it. Called NOOPE.
Let's start with the characters.
Maggie and Matt Both of them...more**spoiler alert** No. just no. I feel like I need to make a new shelf for it. Called NOOPE.
Let's start with the characters.
Maggie and Matt Both of them were very unfinished. If you're going to make her love her family, and wants us as readers to love her family. We need to know more about them. Yes, Maggie is an obsessive mother hen who wants Wendy to fit in, and Matt is the typical over-protective bigger brother. That's all I know about them. And that they're blonde. They're giving (but every story has those). I want interesting characters.
Tove and Willa They were more interesting. But of course Willa has to be the bitch everybody hates to love. Not that we get to see that she's being a bitch though, Wendy just mentions it. Yes, she won't talk to her mänks or whatever, but WHATEVER. Tove is - of course - tall and dark and pretty. But that's like all the boys in this series. But they are more well-rounded, and the author seems to have laid a bit more effort into them.
Finn Just stop it. He's no good for you, girl, but still. Why is he so whiny? If he knows it's wrong, he shouldn't be doing it. Especially since he works for a queen who reminds me very much of the evil step-mother from Cinderella. She could probably have him beheaded. And of course, he too, is tall, dark and handsome. Muah. He's no Will Herondale (who also happens to be tall dark and handsome, but you know, well-rounded with an interesting back story). Finns backstory just annoyed me.
Elora and Rhys Elora kind of reminds me of Gregs mother from Dharma and Greg. In the first couple of episodes where she totally had a pole stuck up her ass. Yes, I understand that it's hard to rule a kingdom(the size of my home town... whatever), I've seen the Tudors. But she has to have two sides. And no, making her a stupid love-bird like the rest of you characters doesn't count. Rhys is a character I actually like. He seems nice. And normal. And I'm not talking he's not a troll normal. But in the more usual way. Like he likes normal things, and wants normal things. I like him.
Wendy No. Wendy is one of the silliest main characters I've ever had the unfortunate chance of coming across. Why is she whining so much? WHY DOES NOTHING PLEASE YOU? (Not at all quoting Alex Day reads twilight). That should be a new thing though. Alex reads Switched. I'll make sure to leave a suggestion on youtube for him.
Then it is the plot. The plot isn't exciting at all. I get embarrased on the characters behalf for every shitty thing they have to go through. And while we're on the subject. Wendy. Please. You've known Finn for half a day, but already you're having contradicting emotions about him? Nope. And then there is the shit about her "thinking about the smooth curve of his lip"... I'm just. No one thinks about someones smooth curve of the lips. Unless you're Bella Swan of course. But you're not. So stop it.
All in all, I feel that this story was very rushed. If the author had taken more time in writing it, and thinking out both a back story and really going deep into the world, it would have been so much easier for me to like this book. The only reason I managed to scoop up two stars, are because of Wnedy calling Finn "unnecessary attractive". Well, no. I gave it two stars for the potential it could have. I would recommend this for younger readers, or readers who aren't into long and complext plot. It's an easy plot, with very little twist. And a very predictable climax and ending.
I'm sorry Hocking, I really tried to like your book. But I couldn't. If you'd been more experienced when you wrote it, I would probably like it better. I feel it lacks effort. It's a good idea, but it's not executed well enough, and I just found myself getting increasingly annoyed as I read it.(less)