I'm surprised to say I actually enjoyed this one more the second time around. I think when I first read it, three years ago, I must've been paying lesI'm surprised to say I actually enjoyed this one more the second time around. I think when I first read it, three years ago, I must've been paying less attention because when I went to see the movie, I realized I'd forgotten much of the book. Clare's writing style still shines, making me remember the fifth book in this series rather bitterly. Where was this style of awesome then? Swallowed up in fame, thaaat's where. Ahem. Anyway, it's definitely a four star read, despite being spotted through with unsavoury content, like... the characters, for example. Clare's writing style is wonderful, her story is immersive, but her characters... her characters are awful, in my humble opinion. But her dialogue can be great. They say some awesome things, but they are not awesome themselves; they are glowing blobs of neutrality that I neither like nor hate.
Point blank, they are predictable little written mongrels that sometimes spout great dialogue. I... am not even sure how that works, but it's one thing I'm opinionated in. Thinking about it, Clare's characters account for the majority of the cringe-worthy material in her books. Clary says awesome things sometimes, but she is radically boring (much like Tessa!), and, after having watched the movie, it's weird to say I prefer her film persona, but I do. I think it's because, mainly, she's a character I'd rather be outside the head of, personally.
Also after watching the movie, I have a better understanding of the book, which helped me enjoy it a great deal more. I don't remember what exactly I thought of it during my first reading, but I do remember not being terribly amazed, so as to give the book my standard "I enjoyed it" rating of three stars. Anyway, like I said, there's a lot of weirdisms in this world, and a lot of great crap, too. It's just an enjoyable read all around, and I find myself respecting how thought out it is much more after reading the whole of the series (that's out, anyway. I don't think I'll be missing much in Heavenly Fire considering how abysmal the experience of Lost Souls was. How a strong writer such as Clare can put out a book like that baffles me, but it certainly wasn't my cup of tea. City of Bones rather is)....more