When these books originally came out, I didn't pay attention to them. I was tired of how YA seemed to be all the same. When I started blogging books, I realized, I needed to read them. So I started at the beginning- the second set of the two series series. LOL I read The Infernal Devices and reviewed them (2/23/2016) and LOVED them all!
So I went out and decided to purchase the Mortal Instruments collection by Cassandra Clare, the first series of the 2-series series, but the first series to come out. You still with me? Okay, so I also want to explain that I have not watched the movie either. And as far as the tv show on Freeform, formerly ABC Family, it's a yawn.
I did happen to catch about three or four episodes, but found the actress playing Clary to be annoying. Her acting wasn't doing it for me and I felt I was forcing myself to watch the darned show, BUT if they are going by the books, maybe I'll try again. But as for now, I'm going strictly by the books.
Lastly, because there are like, seven books in this series, I'm breaking the review of The Mortal Instruments collection into a 2-day review! LOL I'm also including The Bane Chronicles. Nuff said and away I go...
City of Bones is set in modern-day USA with no UK accents which bothered me immensely, but I made do. Clary Frey is oblivious to her best friend's crush and mind wiped concerning her mother's past. She has no clue, but she's part of an elite group of people who fight demons, vampires, werewolves and more.
After stumbling across these people, these Shadow Hunters, she's thrusted into a world where she's able to see things no mortal- er, Mundane should be seeing and now things, and someone, are after her for something she never knew she ever had!
This book wasn't too bad for an introduction. I already knew a few terms, like a parabatai , what seraph blades were, and who the Silent Brothers are from previous reading. What I didn't know was what a young girl who was in denial about everything was going to do.
I didn't really see a lot of growth in Clary. She had a lot of gumption and a smart mouth, but as a Shadow Hunter, she didn't do that well. I felt disappointed that she just ran off, abandoning her best friend for the Shadow Hunters who later became her friend, but I guess young people do that now. It stole a lot of the reality for fantasy, but it was tolerable and I actually liked it. I'm not raving with love but it gave me the desire to move on to book 2, so... On to City of Ashes
“Investigation?" Isabelle laughed. "Now we're detectives? Maybe we should all have code names."
"Good idea," said Jace. "I shall be Baron Hotschaft Von Hugenstein.”
Rating: 👓👓👓👓/5 specs
In book two, City of Ashes, the beginning felt like a teen novel- YA or something. Jace was all Emo and stuff. Clary was the wanna-be supportive , and Simon like a poor, wet, jealous puppy, even though things weren't as they appeared to be. I was beginning to think the story was a total of a loss... Was being the operative word.
This book wasn't really about Clary as much as Jas and Simon. Well, actually it was about everyone! Needless to say, it wasn't all about Clary and her desire to be Jas's woman and a Shadow Hunter- it was a bit deeper than her- especially since she's a bit shallow, but not in the sense it's normally meant. But I can not tell you much more on her because I'd have to give away SPOILERS! You'll just have to read it, if you haven't already.
The story was good. City of Ashes answered questions and brought some expected resolution. I saw a bit coming, but anyone without eyes could have seen it. It just had to be or the story would have been all wrong. And there's one part where I was like, "Ugh... They nasty!" Uh-huh, it was too- but it's okay. I hope. LOL
Oh, I do believe my favorite quote is to be added. I have loved Magnus since reading the Clockwork series. Here's his line that tickled me form City of Ashes:
:“We came to see Jace. Is he alright?"
"I don't know," Magnus said. "Does he normally just lie on the floor like that without moving?”
Anyway, on to book three, City of Glass.
Rating: 👓👓👓👓/5 specs
To move through a book series this fast, with books this thick is amazing for me, but the simplistic style Clare used to write makes it easy. It's like like the Clockwork series, where the formality of living during a particular era is necessary. It is what it is and it works. These are good stories.
In the City of Glass, there was so much stubbornness, I began to think the characters were donkeys! And then the way things were going for a long while, I sorta vomited in my mouth... just a little. Thank Goodness that was resolved! For those who have read this book, you know what I'm talking about- this is not a SPOILER!! lol
There is no pretending," Jace said with absolute clarity. "I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there is life after that, I'll love you then.”
Who doesn't want to hear words like that? It was the best thing Jace in the entire book! He became so off since book one- and I understand why! It just didn't make for a better story because of the moodiness.
Okay, so I still enjoyed the story. I have to say though, Clary is a pain in the butt! She did wrong or acted wrong or stated wrong so many times and on so many levels, I almost wished she took a dive in a fashion similar to The Third Wife from Twilight! No such luck, but she managed to redeem herself and get what her heart desired most. The story concluded about right with just enough to take you into the next story, which is what I'm about to do! 📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓 out of 5 specs
Whenever I have an audiobook and the physical book, I perform a read-along. I usually love it; sadly, I didn't this time. The voice of the male narrator (Ed Westwick) was cool. HIs thick, many voice was perfect and accented, though his New York accent was a bit comedic, it wasn't too shabby. But the female narrator (Molly Qunn) was annoying and very bothersome. I found myself turning her voice down and reading on my own, making Westwick's voice comforting.
As for the story, it really didn't do too much for me. I walked away from book for disappointed. I found the only storyline worthwhile was Simon's, intertwined with Isabelle, Kyle and Maia. Everyone- even Magnus and his storyline turned into a drama-fest, filled with jealousy and foolish actions. And the incessant self-condemnation of both Clary and Jace made me wanna slit my wrists! LOL
“Alec keeps sending me annoying photos. Lots of captions like Wish you were here, except not really.”
Thankfully, through the frivolous activity, there was a plot that offered up information that made the coming of book five interesting. Personally, Simon's been a tortured soul since he'd fallen for Clary, so listening to his mother call him a monster was dull, but Jas's over-haul was seen coming smile away and will make book five awesome.
Rating: 👓👓👓 out of 5 specs
*The Mortal Instruments Series Part 2 is next.
**Book is from my personal library series.
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