For a sophomore effort I have to say it did not suffer the slump that many authors encounter. I liked that the whole story picked up where Bones left...moreFor a sophomore effort I have to say it did not suffer the slump that many authors encounter. I liked that the whole story picked up where Bones left off and that the story itself moved along. The Seelie Court was a nice touch and I did enjoy the dialogue again. The pacing was not bad but not great. Some parts were really fast and other parts (like the Seelie Court) just seemed drawn out. Clare took the relationships to different levels as well and I found them to be at least somewhat believable. I am glad that she did not go the incest route with Clary and Jace which I honestly thought she may try. That being said, the Simon/Clary relationship needed work and it felt a bit forced to me.
Again, the chapters were a bit long for me but I did enjoy the story as a whole so I am overlooking that again. The only other issue I had was the Epilouge at the end. It was not needed and I found myself skimming it more than anything. I was not sure if I was going to enjoy this one as much as I did enjoy City of Bones but I was surprised and pleasantly so. 4/5 stars and onto City of Glass before Fairytale Fortnight. (less)
This was, in my opinion the weakest book so far. I found it to be slow and drawn out both in character and plot usage. The only things that redeemed t...moreThis was, in my opinion the weakest book so far. I found it to be slow and drawn out both in character and plot usage. The only things that redeemed this book from a lower rating were the plot twists including both Simon and Jace as well as the ending and Valentine's scenes. I felt the hate that Valentine had for almost everyone in the book on some level. The qualities that he portrayed were things that just made him not only a monster but a horrible "person" if you can even call him that.
Clary got a LOT better in this book. I found her less annoying and more realistic for her being the type of character she is. The growth from even the last book was noticeable. I also enjoyed the relationship between her and Simon and the family dynamics. It was nice to see Josselyn show up again, I like her character and understood why she kept things from Clary and even to some extent Luke.
This book had its flaws but the plot grew, I like the Mortal Instruments that Cassandra Clare used and even though there were drawn out and a bit boring the ending and growth in both characters and storyline saved it from a less than favorable review.(less)
I finished this a little while ago and I have to say I did enjoy it. Clare gave each character a great personality that really seemed to fit well. I l...moreI finished this a little while ago and I have to say I did enjoy it. Clare gave each character a great personality that really seemed to fit well. I liked Clary's spunkiness and her fearlessness to do what she wanted and to hell with the consequences. I thought Isabelle was a total bitch and loved every minute of it. Jace was a great character and I thought going into the book and starting it that he was going to be very one dimensional and I am happy to say I was wrong. The pacing of the book was great too. I thought the chapters were a bit long at times and scenes toward the beginning were a bit drawn out. This was ok for this book because it was not only the first in the series and there is set up but also because the character building started from the beginning for me.
The story being about werewolves and vampires at first almost turned me off but Cassandra does it so well. They are not the front liner reason for the story which is wonderful. I liked the idea of using portals and such to get from dimension to dimension.
I want to address Valentine and his role in the story. At first I really did not understand his character but toward the end the huge revelations rounded him out for me. I am not entirely sure I saw the twist coming but I guess part of me did. The dynamic between Luke and Valentine was an interesting and worthwhile twist as well. All in all, this was a great book. The only reason for docking a star here is because of the ending. It was a bit dull. I would have liked a cliffhanger a bit better with this story.(less)
Wow! Out of the three books in this series so far (there is one more apparently) this was the best! I found this to be a fast moving, engaging install...moreWow! Out of the three books in this series so far (there is one more apparently) this was the best! I found this to be a fast moving, engaging installment and well worth the read. There were a few intimate scenes, but for the most part they actually fit the storyline better than in the first couple of books so I did not mind. Lokin was the major focus of this book and the plot was heavily driven by finding out if his brothers could get him back. I am not going to give anything away, but Sutekh is definitely drunk with power and has been from the start. There is a MAJOR twist with regards to Lokin's murder that is revealed at the end, and it made my mouth drop!
I enjoyed this book a lot more than the last novel and I am dying to read the fourth, and I guess final novel in this series. I give this one 5/5 stars!(less)
This was the second book in the Otherkin series. I honestly found it a bit weak in writing style compared to the first book. There was too much emphas...moreThis was the second book in the Otherkin series. I honestly found it a bit weak in writing style compared to the first book. There was too much emphasis on the sexual aspect again and to me, that just takes away from what would be a great paranormal story. The plot twist toward the end with Izanami did take me by surprise. I do no want to give anything away but lets just say familial issues are brought to light with regards to another character. I found that to be the coolest part of the entire story and honestly did not see it coming. I did kind of see this particular ending coming with this installment and it left off at a sort of cliffhanger but the "love conquers the grave" thing was a bit predictable. I have one more left in this series to read and I am hoping things get wrapped up nicely because I am afraid I will be left hanging with no real resolution. I also have to just say that Sutekh is a sadistic SOB but I kind of liked his role in this book a bit better. Sons and Fathers should have healthy competition even if it is for souls. Not a bad read but the writing could have been a bit stronger.(less)
This was given to me to borrow and read by my good friend Ally. I started it then had to put it down for almost a week so I could start and adjust to...moreThis was given to me to borrow and read by my good friend Ally. I started it then had to put it down for almost a week so I could start and adjust to a new job. When I picked it back up on a day off I plowed through the rest of it in that day. What an awesome read! I found the characters engaging, and the story to be very interesting. I am looking forward to starting the second book in the series tonight and plowing through that as well. The only issue I had was the intimate scenes got to be a bit numerous at times. If they had been spaced out a bit more, it would have been a bit more platable. All in all, a great read! Thank you Ally!(less)