Paperback, 502 Pages
YA/ Fantasy/ Paranormal
By: Cassandra Clare
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟 3/4
“If no one cares for you at all, do you even really exist?”
🌟 I have seen people raving about this series since I joined GR and I wanted to read it ever since. I can see why it is a beloved series but up to this point, I don’t know if things changed in the last 10 years when this was released but I am convinced it is highly over-rated (Just check the book’s rating on GR).
🌟 I don’t know if there is much to say about the writing, it is typical CC writing which works for me and there are a lot of quotes that I liked. I have to confess that the banter is becoming predictable and annoying in its repetitivity.
🌟 This book switched the positive and negative points that I mentioned in my review of book 1, in another language, I said the characters were a bit underdeveloped in book 1 but the plot was good, this book focused on characters development very much -and it works- but it does so at the expense of the plot. I can say that I care about almost most of the characters now, Tessa is still not the best protagonist I have ever read but she is not bad either. Will and Jem are well written, but I was impressed by the development of Charlotte, Henry, Sophie and Jessamine.
“They say time heals all wounds, but that presumes the source of the grief is finite”
🌟 The thing I did not like was how slow the plot was, I don’t even think there was much plot to start with. This felt more like a filler and taking that into consideration, it still moved at a snail-slow pacing. I expected to get many more answers but I did not, CC moved the plot only a tiny bit further from where it stopped at book 1 and she did it with a 500 pages long book! The raving and love this book have made me believe we were going to have an awesome plot but nope, we didn’t!
🌟 At the heart of this story, there is a love triangle, which does not surprise me given how those were the trend at that time -Still are- but for once, I did not mind that trope because I am a believer of the fact that any trope could be a good trope if it is well done and it was the case here. Instead of a toxic triangle full of jealousy and betrayal, there was a triangle made of strong friendships and love! This is certainly one of the best triangle I have read in the YA genre!
🌟 The world-building is okay, I think I am a bigger fan of the building in TMI, because it was more explained and expanded! I miss the runes and the different creatures and the actions scenes that all works together to give something epic. The last chapters were the best which is CC redeeming quality and it ends with a cliffhanger as usual. I think CC is one of the authors that can deliver a killer finale so finger cross she does that here!
“It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them.”
🌟 Summary: A slightly better book than the first one with more developed characters but slower pacing. The book did not add very much to the story and still plenty of things to answer. The book has potential so I am continuing the series to see why the finale has such great reviews! The final question is, who do you stan: Will vs Jem?