Paperback, 486 Pages
YA/ Fantasy/ Paranormal
By: Cassandra Clare
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟 1/2
“Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.”
After almost a month of finishing this book and a year of finishing the first trilogy, here I am reviewing this! Yes, I think this was better than the first trilogy, but my taste kind of changed and I am harder to please than ever! I was planning to give this 3.75 stars but I am settling for 3.5 stars now and I think I feel satisfied with that rating.
The writing is good as usual, if you have not read any of CC books then you have to try them, if you like her writing then you will like this, if you don’t then nothing will probably change. I think I like CC quotes because they feel natural and appropriate for the situation without pretending to be something deep that they are not!
I think CC fame is all due to her characterizations. A good plot sure helps but I am 100% convinced that all those top writers are successful because they can write real characters which was the case here. The thing I did not like here is that they felt similar to her characters in the first trilogy! She can write characters into certain molds according to what I have seen up to this moment. The writing is better her because you can tell she improved as a writer, the characters act more like their age, the banter is more balanced but I felt that the characters in the first trilogy were more relatable?! This is weird but I felt the characters in her first trilogy were more memorable and here only a few fall into the memorable category! I like Will but I am more team Jem, maybe it is early to judge but that’s my choice for now.
“If no one in the entire world cared about you, did you really exist at all?”
The plot was not bad, It was slow sometimes and dragged in the middle but it got better toward the end. I like the shadowhunters world and I am still discovering it so I can’t say I am bored yet. There was some plot twists at the end and I could see most of them as the usual case is in YA books but I did not see a couple two! But the story is still intriguing enough for me to pick the second book soon!
Summary: Not a bad book, I think it is a bit over-hyped though. I know many people have this list on their favorite books of all time list and I am still interested to know why! The writing is CC typical writing and the characters are well written but also kind of acted to fulfill certain roles and it did not always feel natural. The plot is good but kind of drags in the middle. I am going to continue this for sure!
“Sometimes, when I have to do something I don't want to do, I pretend I'm a character from a book. It's easier to know what they would do.”