“Not everything is about you,” Clary said furiously. “Possibly,” Jace said, “but you do have to admit that the majority of things are.”
― Cassandra Clare, City of Glass
<– Side note: Did anyone else think that was Alec on the front cover at first glance?
Okay, I’m going to review this one real quick for you. In City of Glass; Jace broods, Clary acts reckless, Simon is dragged around, and Magnus sparkles. Stuff happens, twist, and turns to a resounding mediocre end. This book was less City of Glass and more like City of Glass plunged into my eyes. 3 stars.
Okay, just kidding. While I don’t love The Mortal Instruments, I love making fun of it.
Reading this book is like watching TV, it’s entertaining, keep me reading, but it is nothing really special. It almost felt like a filler episode while I wait for something greater to happen. I mean I certainly appreciate Cassie Clare’s writing for keeping me interested, she certainly knows how to pull you in. Heck, I even waited in a 2-hour line for her to sign this book.
This book shows a progression of the series and Clare’s writing; purple prose is virtually nonexistent, we have a more focused story line that is fast-paced.
While reading, I hoped Alec would have stepped up more in this book. He just acted like a wet blanket. I wanted him to get all BAMF on the demons and it never really happened except–when he has his moments with Magnus.
Clare was trying to keep us interested by coming up with plot twist and turns, but many were predictable if you paid close enough attention. The storylines get too complex at times and the characters spend a lot of time catching each other up.
I finished this book for Bout of Books, so I’m pretty darn proud of that. I read the whole thing in two days. No more Mortal Instruments for me. . .or so I thought. Now, this epic cliffhanger people are talking about has piqued my interest enough that yes, I am going to gravitate to the used book store and scavenge until I find City of Fallen Angels.
I’ll admit the book has it’s funny moments and I did laugh while listening to on audiobook. Once during this moment
“Have you tried talking to her?”
“No. We’ve been punching her in the face repeatedly. What? You don’t think that will work?”
“There was an electric anger in his[Jace’s] gaze, and a sort of challenge that made Simon long to hit him with something heavy. Like a pickup truck.”
I’m with you, Simon!
/End of review beginning Kat’s of mini-rant *mini-spoilers*
For some reason, this series frustrates me. I honestly think its because I dislike the character of Jace, I mean I feel bad for him (really who wouldn’t ?), but he is insufferable and doesn’t really evolve.
I immediately dismiss anything he says Seriously when I was looking up quotes from City of Glass and saw quotes from Jace’s proclamation of love to Clary I had no recollection of reading them because his insufferable personality is all that I really remember.
In case you don’t know Jamie Campbell Bower is playing Jace in the City of Bones movie. JCB is a pretty legit actor, so it will be interesting to see his interpretation of Jace.
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