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Okay… finally done! It was a bit of a struggle, but I’ve done it. I practically had to force myself through the first half, and then read the second half in one sitting. Go figure. All in all though, I feel disappointed, underwhelmed and annoyed. I had such high hopes and expectations, since everyone talked about The Mortal Instruments so highly, that I expected to enjoy it immensely and what I’ve found did not impress. Don’t take it to heart dear friends, if you don’t agree with my opinion – I still love and value you and your recommendations, but this book was not for me. And, let me tell you why… [For those, unfamiliar with the novel, beware: mild spoilers ahead!]
Clary is the 15-year old, girl next door, daughter of a single mother, and is about to have her life turned upside-down, when her mom goes missing under mysterious circumstances. What’s a girl to do, but suddenly discover a Shadow World
full of magical beings, secret societies, and angels. Oh, and by the way – she is “like”
the best thing that happened to this magical Shadow World
. She is the new it
girl and all the boys want to be “friends” with her, and girls most obviously cannot handle it – they are jealous. [ I’m huffing and puffing just writing this!]
Enter, Jace. The most popular shadowhunter
on the block, who has an eye for Clary. Jace is seventeen; he is a total heartthrob, obnoxious, know-it-all, and a professional demon hunter. Things like eBay
or Dungeons & Dragons
are not in his vocabulary, and his childhood was not all bright and sunny. No matter, he is good at killing demons, and making snarky remarks about his ability to score
with girls. So obviously, the two, set out to “save the day”
, by helping free Clary’s mom, catch the bad guy, aptly named Valentine, and find mysterious object that helps turn humans into shadowhunters
I don’t know where Ms. Clare has observed teenagers acting as such, but for my personal sake I’d say teenagers are not like that, especially not at fifteen. I’ll try not to judge too harshly, but I just can’t imagine leather-clad, 15-year olds running around clubs, talking about their “adult-like” experiences as if it wasn’t a big deal. I’ll even forgive the almost adult-free world they seem to live in, as many YA novels take similar approach; still, neither Clary nor Jace had any redeeming or likable qualities. I simply didn’t care for them and that’s what made this a hard read for me.
Other than that, Clary had a total Mary Sue
syndrome going on, she kept going from totally shocked, to totally cool-with-it in a matter of sentences. Besides, she was no help whatsoever in most scenes, and simply froze, contemplating random things, while waiting to be miraculously rescued by Jace or Simon. Luke Garroway and Magnus Bane perhaps left more of a positive impression, unlike the Lightwood siblings. As for the main villain, Valentine, he was not villainous enough. And the whole Star Wars
-like revelation scene made me almost throw this book away [which, luckily I didn’t, since it was borrowed from the library]
I’ve read quite a few reviews since I’ve finished City of Bones
myself, and it seems this novel fits into love it or hate it
category. From extremely adoring reviews, to highly disappointing ones, this book is clearly not for everyone. If you read the many reviews posted throughout the web, quite a few of them note the plagiarism rumors surrounding Ms. Clare’s writing, which seem to be unsubstantiated judging on the publication of these books. As many other readers I can certainly make connections and find similarities to few other novels and series here, whether it should be considered plagiarism or not is not up to me, and I have not considered it in my review or reading of the novel. As for you, my friends, try it if you will, you can’t judge something until you do, and perhaps this will be more your cup of tea than mine. Happy reading!