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688 pages, Hardcover
First published March 8, 2016
“No one is ever the villain of their own story.”
“These pictures are my heart. And if my heart was a canvas, every square inch of it would be painted over with you.”
“You are all that exists on the earth and under the sky that I do love.”
“It was a sort of love few other people could understand. It was total and it was overwhelming and it could be cruel.”
“There is nothing more important than love. And no law higher.”
“I breathe when you breathe, I bleed when you bleed, I’m yours and you’re mine, you’ve always been mine, and I have always, always belonged to you!”
“Entreat me not to leave thee,
Or return from following after thee-
For whither thou goest, I will go”
“I was a child and she was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea,
But we loved with a love that was more than love”
“We are bound together, Emma, bound together- I breathe when you breathe, I bleed when you bleed, I'm yours and you're mine, you've always been mine, and I have always, always belonged to you!”
“Why all these paintings of you? Because I am an artist, Emma. These pictures are my heart. And if my heart was a canvas, every square inch of it would be painted over with you.”
The one who understands your music.”
➽P L O T A N D T H E M E S
“This is why fairies are despised, this senseless cruelty.”
“Careful, boy,” said Gwynn. “You have your laws and we have ours. The difference is that we do not pretend ours are not cruel.”
➽E M M A A N D J U L I A N
➽K I E R A N, M A R K, C H R I S T I N A
➽T H E B L A C K T H O R N S
“You pointed a knife at me.”
“It wasn’t personal.”
➽O T H E R C H A R A C T E R S
➽S H U T U P, E L L E
--a satire based *very* loosely on Annabel Lee, a poem by Edgar Allan Poe--
Special Thank To: Andre
It was many many and many a year ago
In a kingdom of Badly Written YA Novels,
That an 'author' there lived who
By the name of Cassandra Clare
And this 'author' wrote novels
Filled with melodramas, Mary Sues and someone else's ideas
I was a reader and doomed to suffer,
In this kingdom of Badly Written YA,
For hardly anyone else could
Always fill her books with sheer meaninglessness,
The same like Cassandra Clare was capable of doing.
And this was the reason that, long ago
In this kingdom of Badly Written YA,
Cassandra Clare decided to fill her novels
With so many quotes,
Beautiful words taken from better authors and poets,
Cut out and stuffed into Clare's thick books.
Sadly these quotes serve no real purpose at all
In this kingdom of Badly Written YA.
I, the poor reader, not happy with Clare's awful use of,
Edger Allan Poe's quotes,
Is screaming in rage,
Yes! Why must The Conqueror Worm have anything,
To do with some guy turning into a worm,
In Clockwork Princess?
And why must Poe and Annabel Lee have
Any relation with demon hunters,
In the sunny Los Angeles?
Hell, it makes no sense.
Just like so many other contradictions
In Clare's Mortal Instruments Series.
“The stars wheeled crazily overhead as she spun, sucking in her breath as her body slowed its rolling. She came to a stop on her back, her hair and clothes full of sand and her ears full of the sound of the wildly crashing ocean…”To the people who say that Cassandra Clare is dragging this on, milking the cow, etc: PLEASE STOP. There's people all over the world who are grateful for these books and series. Don't ruin it for everyone else. You don't have to like Cassie. You don't have to read her books. But at least have some respect for the author and her loyal readers. Prior to reading The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices, I too criticized the fact that Cassie only wrote books within her Shadowhunter world. Once I got a taste of a world full of Nephilim, runes, parabatai, and seraph blades, I quickly (and proudly) ate those words up without hesitation. We all have books we love, books we hate. No one should be shamed for the books they choose to read. Just as authors shouldn't be shamed for the world that the create. People complain about underdeveloped world-building and now people are complaining about "overdevelopment". Let it be. Don't read the books. Don't spend your money. But don't drag the author, their hard work, their imagination, and the readers who love to support their creation. End of rant.
"Lex malla, lex nulla. A bad law is no law."
exhibit a) ooooOOooOH nO! i'm falling in lOvE?!?! IMMEDIATE DENIAL!!!!
"[...]but he had luminous eyes and a beautiful mouth that-
She goggled at herself. What was wrong with her? What was wrong with her thoughts?"
exhibit b) let's just make this moment here real dramatic and make them almost kiss but guess what, in the last second, thEY GET INTERRUPTED!!! genius
i'm tired. so tired. maybe i'm just too old to not be annoyed at the typical ya tropes™ anymore
exhibit c) just..... no
the general cringe is just unavoidable in these books, i know, but if i have to read one more time how person A wants to crawl inside person B's skin, i'm going to throw the fuck up
"Julian determined that he would love them twice as fiercely as any adult could. He would do everything for them, he thought. [...] He would make sure they had everything they wanted. He would make sure they never missed what they didn't have; he would love them enough to make up for everything they'd lost."
"You belong where you're loved."
"Ty had probably wandered off after an animal, was petting a squirrel or cuddling a stray cat. Or he might have shut himself away with a book, not wanting to socialize."
❥buddy read with marami
What do you love about this book?Two characters. While I do love all the character in various degrees, these two are love and joy and life, they are heartbreak and tears and death. They are my heart.
What did you hate about this book?Mark
What did you find unique about this book?Unique doesn’t necessarily mean good.
Other thingsHere are things that added to the entire experience.