by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments #1
Release Date: February 15, 2008
by Margaret K. McElderry Books (an imprint of Simon & Schuster)
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This book isn’t the best I’ve ever read, but it also has some very good qualities that I don’t always see in YA books. For one, the world building is amazing. The world that Cassandra Clare created is so complex and interesting and well explained, it allowed her to manipulate the events and history to make one heck of an interesting book. The writing was really great, and the staging was really great, and the story line was really great, but sometimes I felt like it was a bit too easy. [SPOILER: Like when the gang had just figured out that Magnus Bane could unblock Clary’s memory and Isabelle just happened to have an initiation to a party that Magnus was hosting that night. And when Jace and Clary are trying to get into the hotel that the vampires are living in to rescue currently-a-rat Simon there just happened to be a guy there named Raphael who knew how to get in. And then, when it turns out Raphael is really a vampire and the leader of the group that is currently hiding out in the hotel Jace and Clary use him as a hostage so the other vamps don’t kill them. He’s the clan leader and the rest of the vamps have to listen to him. And then when the gang has figured out where the Mortal Cup is and Alec chooses to bring a bow and then when the gang gets to where the Cup is he decides to use a staff instead and leaves the bow with Simon, who just happens to have taken 6 years of lessons in bow shooting. So Simon goes in and shoots the demon and he’s a hero. ] Those things were really annoying, but other than that the book was very well done. AND THAT ENDING! OH MY GOD! I couldn’t believe it. Like I said earlier, the world that Clare created was so well done and explained that she was able to manipulate the history, and she dumped a whole shit-load of history on us in the end. Wow! I was yelling the entire time. [SPOILER: I couldn’t believe that Jace and Clary were both Valentine’s kids! I SHIPPED THEM SO MUCH! Ugh. ] I loved the big info-dumps of the history between all the different characters and wow, the ending was just amazing.
The cast for this book is one of my favorites ever. There is so much personality! Jace is freaking hilarious! I was laughing my head off at the things he said. HE IS A BLOND, KICK-ASS, SEXY GOD! With snark. Perfect. I loved his big mouth, snarky comments, inability to shut up, and just all-around bad-ass-ness. Plus I can’t shut up either, so I think we’d make a great pair (by the way Jace, I’m totally single!). He was such a well-developed, entertaining character, I loved him. Isabelle was really great too. She had her own reputation going on, a reputation for being a bad-ass. She was a really strong, confident character, and I loved seeing that in a girl character. Alec and Simon were also really cool characters that really spiced up the book. I’ve been thinking really hard about this, and I’ve decided that Clary wasn’t supposed to be the main character in this book. First off, the book is told in 3rd person, so it follows all the characters. Clary is a pretty good character, but I think she really gets overshadowed by all the other characters that have so much more personality than her. I felt like she wasn’t as developed as the others characters, but at the same time she was a pretty strong, interesting character.
All in all, this was a very enjoyable book. I really loved the world and the characters, and I really can’t wait to see what happens in book two. After that ending, I have a feeling that a lot is going to happen in the next book.
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