Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare


3 Stars
First of all, I'm a bit annoyed that it's over $9 on Nook and $5 on Kindle. I have a nook. I shouldn't be punished for not being on the Kindle wagon. :/ This lovely fact didn't have anything to do with my review, but it does help solidify my decision to not pick up another one of this authors books.

I think if I'd read this book before ANY other YA novel, I'd have liked it. However, after reading this book, I've decided that I never want to read another YA book again. It wasn't that this was a bad book, just very predictable and followed the same formula that every other YA novel published in recent years follows.
Bones was a quick read with good character development, the story flowed in a consistent, timely manor and the "twist" at the end was well done, even if I saw it WAY earlier. I personally won't be picking up any other books in this series, but if you enjoy YA, Supernaturals and a well-written story, you should pick up this book.


So, my sister-in-law loves this shitty series so much, she gave me the next 4 books and insisted that they get better. That is the ONLY reason they are in my collection and have been reviewed at all. I would not waste money on this series. It's terrible. 

3 Stars
This was more interesting than the first book, which isn't saying much. I'm SO glad the relationship between Clary and Simon is where it is at the end of this book, and can't wait to have everyone finally realize that Clary and Jace are not related. This does not make for a good twist. It makes for a disgusting incest-ual (spell-check keeps changing this word to ancestral, so..) relationship that is so gross in its intensity that it turns you off of reading any part of their romance. You do not root for them. You are disgusted by them. Anyway, I'm still not a fan of this series, but I am interested in knowing how everyone will discover Jace and Clary aren't related - because it's blazingly obvious to anyone with half a brain, and I would like to see Jocelyn wake up. So while I feel as if I'm becoming dumber from reading this series, at least Clare has kept me reading.

2 Stars
OMG. Clary needs to die. She is such a stuck-up, spoiled rotten brat that ha no redeeming qualities at all. She is the epitome of what is wrong with society. You were told to stay put? You don't agree with that, even though history has proven over and OVER that listening to people is a good idea, and when you ignore them, bad things happen - so you do whatever the heck you want to do because bleep the world? Yah. I want her dead. She's a terrible main character and a terrible role model for girls. The only reason I'm trying to suffer through this series is because I told my sister-in-law I would finish it. And I like Magnus. This is a cruel form of torture. 

 2 Stars
Jesus God - there's more! Kill me now. I only gave this two stars because I made it through and I liked the amazingly predictable ending that everyone seems so shocked by. Of course he's not dead. There has to be someone to hate in this series - and heaven forbid it's Clary. Even though she's remarkably terrible. Simon is great and I'm glad there was more of a focus on him, otherwise, I wouldn't have finished and would've disappointed my sister-in-law. I don't understand how anyone can like these books.

2 Stars
This is probably the best one so far - especially since I only read the first, last, and epilog chapters. It probably would have gotten less stars if I'd read the whole thing. I feel as if I have wasted days of my life reading this series. Days I'll never get back. All I really have to say after reading this series is if another person comes to me and says, "this new young adult book is fantastic - you should read it!" I am going to punch them in the face. If I have to read another teenaged angst book again I'm going to snap. Grow the bleep up people. Doing your own thing, even when expressly stated that it's not a good thing by every other bleeping person on the bleeping planet is not cool. It makes you a dumbass. I wouldn't recommend this series to anyone. You want to read an actual good book, and are insistent that teens be the focal point? Read Katie Jennings' Dryad Quartet or A.D. Trosper's Dragon books. Those are good reads that have main characters that are decent role models for your kids. This series - total crap.