Meh, this was a pretty fast and easy book to read. It was entertaining, but really didn’t hold any substance. I feel like it had the potential to be a...more
Meh, this was a pretty fast and easy book to read. It was entertaining, but really didn’t hold any substance. I feel like it had the potential to be a lot more interesting but even just after the first few pages it was obvious what kind of direction the book was going. Both of the main characters came off as pretty flat and sometimes things just felt off and a little forced. For example, one day one of the two main characters, Josh, just wakes up one morning and suddenly he’s a ladies man. Out of the blue girls start flirting with him and giving him their numbers, is this because he stuck up for his crush in class one day? Because he started doing 30 sit-ups a night? 30 sit-ups after one night do not an automatic stud make.
The writing itself was alright but I’ve seen much, much better from both of these authors so I was disappointed...then again I haven’t read either of their stuff in years so maybe I’m forgetting? All-in-all I would give this book a 2.5/5 because while it wasn’t by any means horrible or offensive, it wasn’t exactly a page-turner either. There were some cliche’s, the ending was pretty obvious and Emma, the other main character, just made me cringe sometimes.The girl has access to the entire future at her fingertips and her biggest concern is her relationship status! I mean dude, let's get some perspective here. (less)
Okay so it’s been a while since I read these books, years actually. I absolutely adored them the first time around when I was fourteen so when I saw t...more
Okay so it’s been a while since I read these books, years actually. I absolutely adored them the first time around when I was fourteen so when I saw this book pop up on Kobo I was like “Aaaaaaaaay”. My interest for this series had started to pittle off after City of Glass but I stayed loyal and read City of Lost Souls and City of Fallen Angels despite that. Honestly, Cassandra Clare could have easily stopped at City of Glass. There would have been a few tiny loose ends but really, three more books centered primarily around Clary and Jace has been a bit of overkill.
The writing of the story itself was pretty well done, despite my feelings towards some of the characters I was still captured by the plot, it’s fast-paced and easy to read as long as you’ve read the previous books (otherwise I’m pretty sure it’d be hella confusing). The timing flows nicely and I’m glad Clare chose to break up some of the chapters with points of view from other characters. Luckily for me this last book wasn’t as heavily centered on the romance between Clary and Jace as the past novels in the series were. Sure there were sexy times to be had but it wasn’t as in your face.
One of the problems I found was that Cassandra Clare makes a lot of hints and allusions towards characters and events that have happened in some of her other novels outside of the Mortal Instruments series. While this can be fun and exciting for those who’ve recently read those spin-off’s it kind of drove me nuts at times. I’ve read the Infernal Devices but that was at least a year ago and I pretty much just skimmed the last book. I haven’t even picked up the Bane chronicles, so at certain points I’d be stuck sitting here like “Okay...I know this is supposed to mean something I KNOW IT.” And nada. And while I liked the Infernal Devices I didn’t like it enough to re-read the entire series just to catch a few hints. For those who haven’t even picked up the books all these new characters and name-drops seemingly popping out of nowhere are most likely just going to come off as seriously annoying and confusing.
Is it bad to say that my favorite character was probably the villian? By this point I’ve kind of gotten bored with Clary and Jace. I had little to no interest in Jocelyn and Luke to begin with and while I did get a little excited whenever Izzy/Simon popped up or Alec/Magnus but the points-of-view I most looked forward to were either from the perspectives of the Blackthorns and Emma, or Sebastian. And when I say Sebastian was my favorite I don’t mean it in a “Oh bby you so sexy let me have your baby’s you silver haired stud muffin they just don’t understand you~”. But rather I enjoyed reading about him because he was such an utterly flawed character with dimension. He could be absolutely hateful and deranged but then there was something so sad and human in the way that he so desperately wanted to be loved and needed but had absolutely zero idea on how to go about doing that. Although the fact that he’s playing with the “I’m in love/ want to do the bow-chika-wow-wow with my little sister” card is just OKAY BEEN THERE DONE THAT BYE THANKS FOR PLAYING. I’ve watched every season of Game of Thrones, I’ve read all the books. Incest isn’t a new thing for me but when you keep playing the same card it gets old. His attempt at rape was also completely unforgivable and I had completely forgotten about it until Cassandra Clare brought it up in a discussion between Clary and Jace. So yes, fleshed out villian that is clearly a villian but still makes you feel empathy and disgust at the same time, so bravo to you miss Clare.
All-in-all I liked it. As I read further into the book I started getting hooked and couldn’t put it down. Out of her last three books in the Mortal Instrument series I’d have to say this one was probably Cassandra Clare’s best and finally FINALLY provided the ending we’ve all been waiting for. Sure, there were some moments that kind of slipped out a bit like something from a bad fan-fiction but hey, it happens. In the end I was actually really satisfied with how the series finished. It had a sense of realism, not on a Game of Thrones level of realism, I mean if that were the case then there’s a 98% chance Clary would have died in the first book. But enough realism that people were left deeply affected by the war, there was loss and the repercussions due to some of the characters actions were seen. Loose ends were tied up and I feel like we can now finally, contentedly, put these characters to rest. That is...Until The Dark Artifices. DANGIT CASSANDRA CLARE I THOUGHT I WAS DONE, FINISHED, FINITO, BUT NO. After reading the chapters centering the blackthorns I got seriously hooked and now I just want to know what happens to them! So kudos to you Cassandra Clare, you’ve finished this series and stretched me out to the last book and now you’ve reeled me in for the next.
In the end my true rating for this book would be a solid 3.5/5(less)