Oh, my, gosh, can I just sit here and rant about how HORRIBLE this book is. I know I am in the complete minority when I say this book did nothing for...moreOh, my, gosh, can I just sit here and rant about how HORRIBLE this book is. I know I am in the complete minority when I say this book did nothing for me. Yes, it was nice to see more relationship developments but if I have to read one more Clary/Jace monologue or Alec/Magnus monologue I will tear my hair out.
First, lets talk about all the wrong this book was for me. 1. THE LENGTH: seriously, could this book be any longer without any actual plot line. I feel like if Cassandra Clare would have left out sooo many minute and pointless detail and 3 page long declarations of love/self loathing/acceptance/denial etc, then this book would have been a little more bearable. 2. THE SET UP FOR THE DARK ARTIFICES: how painstakingly obvious was the pointless Emma Carstairs POVs just for shameless plugs for her up coming new series. Seriously, what was soooo special about the LA institute where we HAD to see Emma and the Blackthorns so much BESIDES the fact that she is writing a new series about them. I thought it was tactless and did nothing for the plot really. 3. LENGTH MONOLOGUES/DECLARATIONS OF LOVE: how many times are we gonna read Clary/Jace's never ending love for each other in lengthy convos and declarations of love. WE GET IT. You don't have to try and convince us of why they should be together, they're together, we've excepted it and there is no denying they belong together. It got so cheesy at times, nearing the end I literally skimmed the pages to get to anything more interesting. Also a little less of the same mantra between Magnus and Alec. Like, dude acted desperately, you still love each other, what ELSE is there to talk about?! 4. FIGHT SCENES: I was not convinced on the fight scenes in this book. The only remotely interesting scene was at the Iron Sister's Citadel and even then, when I wanted to know more about mysterious Iron Sisters and their powers all you give me is Jace with obvious heavenly fire that obviously heals. The battle was pointless. Almost all the battles except for at the end were pointless. 5. PREDICTABILITY: how predictable does this book have to be!? I guess I'm judging this book too harshly on the account that its a BOOK and not just some sorry filler fluff for fans. Every aspect of this book was so singular and simple, so predictable and the least complex I was sorely disappointed.
As a whole, if you enjoyed this book because it gave you the willies about Simon and Isabelle and Jace and Clary and it got you excited for the Dark Artifices and cleared just a LITTLE details up then I would see why you would enjoy this book. But as for it being a book as a whole, the plotline was weak and predictable, the characters did not develop beyond what we've seen in the last two books, and the dialogue was cheesy and over exaggerated. (less)
All I have to say is, what a unique and touching story. Mackenzie is a great main character and I just l...moreThis is going to be the shortest review ever.
All I have to say is, what a unique and touching story. Mackenzie is a great main character and I just love how simple this whole setting is. You get introduced to a good amount of people, but it never gets overwhelming and they stay in this one vicinity it makes it easier to keep track. In all honesty I was going to give this book 4 stars until the end. Oh. My. Goodness. What an ending. The whole book is pretty fast paced, but the mystery element and plot twist at the end kept me from putting the book down.
All in all I would recommend this book to any one who is willing to tea something new and original. (less)