Okay, so I am going to ignore the elephant in the room *cough* Harry Potter fanfiction this is so obviously Harry Potter fanfiction, you even referencOkay, so I am going to ignore the elephant in the room *cough* Harry Potter fanfiction this is so obviously Harry Potter fanfiction, you even reference Harry Potter at the end of your book seriously wtf *cough* Okay. Now that that is done . . . It wasn't that bad.
With that being said, the book certainly has his problems -- all books do. And some of them are fairly obvious. But, I'm not going to nitpick. Instead, I am going to just judge it based on how I felt when I was done reading it.
And, when I finished it, I was left oddly satisfied.
I read a lot of fanfiction -- I'll be the first to admit it -- and one of the reasons why I love fanfiction is that, since it is (most often) published as separate chapters, the authors have to find ways to keep their readers entertained enough to stick around and wait for the next chapter (I've written some fanfiction myself, so I know first-hand that this is necessary). And this book does that very well. More often than not, I had a hard time putting it down. It was interesting, and I was curious to see what happens. A book can be incredible -- written well, good characters, good plot -- but if it does not keep the reader interested and invested, it is not going to go anywhere. And these books, despite their flaws, do keep readers interested and leave them wanting more.
Now that I've praised it, I'm going to address some big things that I disliked.
THE BIG NUMERO UNO: Simon.
BUT FAITH Y!?
HE'S THE GUY THAT GOT FRIEND-ZONED!!!11
DON'T YOU FEEL BAD FOR HIM?!?!?!
DON'T YOU HAVE A HEART?!?
HAVEN'T YOU EVER BEEN IN HIS SHOES?!?1
Yes, I know what it is like to . . . "be a Simon". But, I just can't stand him. For one, I just find him . . . unnecessary. I see him as only being around for the sake of a love triangle -- at least in this book. I haven't read ahead, so for all I know he might become a fantastic badass in future books. I don't know.
I wouldn't mind Simon so much, and I would at least tolerate him if he wasn't so . . . annoying. I mean . . . he's possessive. He calls Clary his girlfriend without even asking her. If I were Clary I would have immediately set the record straight. She didn't even really . . . bring it up. She just kind of let him think what he wanted. If one of my male friends came up to me and started calling me his girlfriend out of nowhere -- depending on who it was -- I might have punched him. Another thing, he pines after her over and over and then (view spoiler)[at the end of the book he says "I don't think we can do this anymore" or something along those lines. YOU ARE THE ONE THAT WENT CRAZY AND PRETTY MUCH FORCED HER TO ACCEPT YOU AS HER BOYFRIEND. And then there was that incident at the Seelie Court where he just STORMED OUT AND COULD HAVE GOTTEN PICKED OFF BY ONE OF THE FAIRIES AND GOT TURNED INTO A VAMP BECAUSE GOSH DARNIT CLARY DOESN'T LOVE HIM. WOW. SHOCKER. YOU KNEW SHE WAS IN LOVE WITH JACE FROM THE BEGINNING AND YOU ARE SERIOUSLY SURPRISED. (hide spoiler)]
Okay, rant about Simon over.
My second big issue is the Supernatural items in this book, particularly pentagrams. Now, I am a bit of a supernatural nut thanks to the incredible, magnificent TV show "Supernatural". And the Pentagram is often considered a symbol of protection from spirits. However, they use it in a big of a negative way in the book. Now, I know that this is just a VERY minor thing. This is nitpicking and I said I wasn't going to do that, but gosh darnit, this annoyed me. They said that it was what they could use to trap demons, and that is not true. The pentagram has never been used for such a thing in history and has never even been said to have such powers. And since I was "Supernatural" all the time, I know these things. xD It just bugged me. Everytime I read it I was just "it's not a pentagram . . . grr . . ." but yeah. xD
All in all, it's an okay book. Good if you want a pretty interesting story. Good if you're bored and looking for some Teenage Romance/Angst to read. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Of course this book is amazing - it's Lord of the Rings!
My only real complaint is that I felt like it dragged on too long in certain areas, especiallyOf course this book is amazing - it's Lord of the Rings!
My only real complaint is that I felt like it dragged on too long in certain areas, especially during Frodo and Company's journey to Bree. I felt like the movie had a much better pacing.
But that is really my only complaint! Tolkien is a master of fantasy, and a marvelous author simply because of the world he was able to create. As an aspiring writer, I hope that I can one day create a world even half as interesting and wonderful as Middle-Earth....more