I honestly don't know how to feel about this book.
At some points I was really bored and annoyed. Bored, because nothing really happened. Annoyed, becI honestly don't know how to feel about this book.
At some points I was really bored and annoyed. Bored, because nothing really happened. Annoyed, because I didn't get to know any of the characters. When I closed this book after finishing it, I've been asking myself who Tessa was. What did she like? What did she not like? Why did she chose those things to put on her list? What was the reason behind it all?
I have no idea about the other characters. And while I enjoy that there's finally a protagonist who's not into books (because every female protagonist has to love books, live for books and recite books at every given moment and I can.not.bear.that.any.longer!), I don't really know what Tessa's into. Same goes for every one else. Her dad? Her brother? Her best friend? Why are they friends anyway? Most of the times it seems like they hate each other. Adam?
Everything seemed to be just roughly drawn out, not yet finished.
**spoiler alert** The one thing I liked about this book was Tessa bursting into a giant angel, snapping Mortmain off like that. The main villain in th**spoiler alert** The one thing I liked about this book was Tessa bursting into a giant angel, snapping Mortmain off like that. The main villain in this series, the really big bad who somehow got away for two-and-a-half books, who took so much time and care to built his army, which wasn't even fightable by Shadowhunters and was so good at planning all.the.things was killed by the protagonist in the blink of an eye. Just.like.that. I found this to be quite hilarious. Really. Awesome! I was surprised!
And that's all I liked. Because of the Jem-debacle.
The only character I liked got killed off and I could have lived with that. It takes something to kill of one of the main characters - and I really didn't see it coming. I didn't think C. Clare had it in her to do something like it, it's not her style. I turned out to be right. She wasn't even able to let Henry go.
And it is worse - she utilized Jem as her problem-solving-bitch.
Let's take a look at it:
Jem can not survive this series, because if he would, Will wouldn't get Tessa (because it wouldn't be proper and all that). But if Jem dies everyone would be so sad and we wouldn't want that. Due to afore mentioned predicament of the love triangle we need another solution, because he can neither live nor die. So let's make him immortal, send him far away and forbid him marriage, so he won't bother Tessa and Will, but he won't be dead and he was even able to give them his blessing. No hard feelings because of all the sex. Yay! Everybody wins! At least for the next hundred years or so.
Will dies eventually of old age and Tessa's left there all alone with her immortality, sad and puppy-eyed and no one there to comfort her. But wait! Wait! There once was another character which was convenient for such occurrences! He's not allowed to mingle with the Shadowhunters except for rare situations though, he'd been changed and got runes and he was supposed to get his eyes taken out and his mouth sewn shut! DAMN! But hey, let's not get this in our way, we'll turn him back into a normal guy again, he was engaged to Tessa before, he'd surely be glad to do it again! Problem solved! Everybody wins. Again.
I was very close to throwing this book out the window. But that fall would break my iPad I love that piece of technology dearly.
Notes I made while reading
Tessa's mouth began to set in its familiar, stubborn line. "I don't wish to leave you."
Is it possible that Tessa gets any more annoying? And why is it that Cecily, with her 2 months of training, is way more bad ass than any of the other girls around? Tessa, please go fuck yourself.
They were words she had not heard in a long time, but half-expected always, and dreamed of sometimes in nightmares that left her bolting upright, fighting for air - "Jem," "collapse," "breathing," "blood," "Will," "Will is with him," "Will-," Of course Will was with him.
So her husband-to-be is having a fit which might kill him and all that matters to his fiancé (seriously, how often can you use that word? We know they're supposed to get married, please just call them by her name now. Please.) is Will.
The threesome had disappeared into the Institute.
How fortunate that poor Jem dies now. What a way to solve the love triangle. Get rid off the second love interest.
This book is incredibly boring. I find myself skimming over many pages.
**spoiler alert** Plot Simple and known recipe for a story such as this. It was rather boring and left hardly any surprises. The lovestory was boring la**spoiler alert** Plot Simple and known recipe for a story such as this. It was rather boring and left hardly any surprises. The lovestory was boring lacked depth. Well, that was no surprise either.
Characters Plain. Boring. Flat. One-dimensional.
I can't bring myself to like any of them. They bore me. They, as every thing else in this book, give no surprise whatsoever. What's up with C. Clare and weird siblings? Again, it did not take me by surprise that Nate went to the dark side. Not at all. Not with Clary's, ahem, Tessa's praise and love and talk about how very precious this dear boy was supposed to be. I would have been surprised if he actually would have been a nice guy. That would be refreshing. Or if Tessa would have kicked Will's ass or .... ANYTHING!
It bothers me that I don't know anything about those characters. This book has 411 pages and I don't get to know main characters. Or side characters. Or anyone at all.
I won't start with the asshole love interest and the shallow love based on good looks. What else is the 'love' to be based on? Will's just as much of an empty shell like the rest of the crew.
So. Will I continue this series? I think so. Because this read is light and shallow and at the moment it's what I want and I am still somewhat entertained. I'm annoyed, I laugh out loud because of all the sillyness and I think the most fun I get out of this book is reading funny reviews about it on Goodreads. :D But right now? It's worth it....more
**spoiler alert** Ugh. Somewhere along the way I thought about giving this one three stars, just because I hoped that Tessa might chose Jem and really**spoiler alert** Ugh. Somewhere along the way I thought about giving this one three stars, just because I hoped that Tessa might chose Jem and really mean it. I wish she'd talked to Will that she might have had feelings for him once, but then he acted like a pig and they grew apart and that Jem was the one being there for her, comforting her, talking to her and that now it's too late, sorry, and she fell for Jem.
Ah well... this is a YA novel and I knew she'd never really chose Jem just because it's C. Clare and everybody seems to love the pretty-asshead with the tortured soul.
Jem deserves better than a pity-wife.
The only character in the hole damn series - even in the hole world of Shadowhunters - I remotely came to like and he's getting married to someone who doesn't really love him back. Who sides with him out of pitty and because she doesn't have the balls to tell him that she'd actutally prefer his pretty best bud. Even though this one treated her like a whore for no reason. I just don't fall for the 'I'm only being an ass to protect you from my terrible self'-type of guy. I hate them, actually.
Now I don't feel very much like reading the last one anymore. But I will, since I already have it on my reader and well, there's only one more to go.
Notes I made while reading
I got the ebook with all three of The Infernal Devices and so my page counter's way off. Just as a note on the side.
p. 535: "But Jem was always there. He seemed to take his role as her guide to London seriously."
And yet she swoons whenever Will gives her shit. Because he's pretty. And a few lines later Tessa graciously asks for Jem's friendship and who blasts the moment? Precious Will. Because he can't even give his suppoed to be best friend anything.
p. 536: "Black hair, blue eyes, graceful cheeckbones, thick dark lashes, full mouth - he would have been pretty if he had not been so tall and muscular."
Say what? Is tall and muscular a bad thing, now? And why only now? It's usually so swoon-worthy. Oh my. I'm confused.
p. 562: "It was like a poison in her blood, to which Jem was the only antidote."
Aaaaand Jem just takes all that shit. Because he might be good enough as long as Tessa's cross with Will, but the moment Will says "Hopp" Tessa will jump. No matter how convenient Jem might be at the moment.
p. 790: "Mr. Benedict Lightwood presents his compliments to Miss Jessamine Lovelace."
Finally they found her out.
p. 796: "Very well. But you must stay out of Nate's way while I speak with him."
Eww, I see some creepy brother-sister groping coming along. Not again... I don't want to!
I'm somewhere in between exasperation and pitty for Jem. He seems to be a nice and friendly guy, shallow and one-dimensional, but this is hardly his fault, he's been written that way. Anyways, he's a nice boy. I wish he'd lose his temper at some point. For real. Not that temporary anger he showed for Will's drug abuse, that wasn't honest, that was just an excuse to let C. Clare show how very kind and needy and sad and hurt poor Will is, this was not about Jem. Oh boy. Get a grip. Get your own drugs. You don't need Will or Tessa or any of the bunch. Maybe share an apartment with Henry. It's not that I care for Clare's Jem, but the Jem he might be, if he wouldn't be such a ninny. I see potential in his character, but there are huge gaps that need closing. Did that in my head and now I want to kick Jem in his shins....more