Showing posts with label city of glass. Show all posts
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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Some Popular Books I Feel Differently About in Hindsight | Top Ten Tuesday




Sometimes you end up changing your mind about books that you were sure you hated or loved after you finished them.

Here are some of the books that I changed my mind about.


THUMBS UP 
(I was too harsh. This is actually nice.)

BEAUTY QUEENS - Libba Bray
It was one of those books that I reviewed very early into my blogging career. I was harsh and mean and didn't appreciate the representation. You go, Libba.

STARCROSSED - Josephine Angelini
Another one of those early harsh reviews. I actually ended up reading the second one and the series really redeemed itself. It's still not one of my favorites but definitely doesn't deserve a two star rating!




BEFORE I FALL - Lauren Oliver
I think I might bump this up to a four star rating. I had such a fun time reading this and groundhog day kind of novels are really my thing.

CITY OF GLASS - Cassandra Clare
I wrote a pretty mean review about this and I was so sure I would never continue this series, yet here I am reading the fourth. I actually reread this and decided to go up from one star to two. Still pretty bad though! 


THUMBS DOWN 
(This isn't as good as I thought)

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS - John Green
You know what, I actually think this isn't as good as I thought it was. It's admittedly the first John Green book I liked and I wasn't very well-read in the contemporary genre at the time. This is tear-jerking cliche garbage.

RUBY RED - Kerstin Gier
You know what, no. I love time travel and all but this isn't done well. I don't know what's going on, I don't like it, and the character relationships are awful. I don't know why I ended up recommending this to people.





CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET? - Sophie Kinsella
I honestly think this only got a three star rating because I love Kinsella so much it hurts. Objectively, this is at most a two star read. I'm a biased lil thing.






Have you read some of these? How do you feel about them?

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Monday, March 28, 2016

[Review] City of Glass (TMI #3) - Cassandra Clare: This Whole Incest Drama Is Getting Old



In CITY OF GLASS, the gang has to travel to Idris to find the one person that can help save Clary's mother and awaken her from the sleeping spell.

What intrigued me: Well, I had my issues with CITY OF ASHES and powered through it because I was hoping it would get better.


It all goes downhill from here...

What really caught my interest in this series in the first place was the brilliant first person narration in CITY OF BONES. By the third installment every character gets a point of view passage, even minor characters. There are multiple POV changes, sometimes even twice per page, and the only purpose they serve is info-dumping. 

Clare dumps information wherever she can, introducing minor characters for the sole purpose of narrating a bedtime story length flashback that nobody wants and nobody needs to understand the story. The main storyline is Clary, Simon and the shadowhunter gang (Isabelle, Alex, Magnus, Jace) going to the shadowhunter country Idris to find a cure for Clary's mother who has been in a coma for what feels like 78 years.

In itself, that's a great premise right there and I was hoping the series would start to catch my attention again, but it really just got worse. There are too many characters, too many complicated family relations that nobody cares about, and the reader is just not grounded. I wasn't rooting for anyone, how could I possibly when there are POV changes all the time? Not a single character in this is properly developed and just changing the POV doesn't really mask that. 

Who are all these people???

Yet again, I did not care. Clary and Jace are so replaceable and annoying, three books of their weird incest romance aren't going to change anything. I didn't care about them, even less about the mysterious new guy in Clary's life that's trying very desperately to kick off a new love triangle. I just... I can't. I'm sorry, but the character relationships are just non-existent. I had no fun, I wasn't rooting for anyone. 
I kept flipping back and forth trying to remember who all these shadowhunter families and their 427847382 offsprings are, I feel like you need an actual lexicon with all the names in order to understand everything that's going on. It's just not for me. It's too complicated, it requires way more attention that I'm willing to give, and I'm just really over it. 


Rating:

★★☆☆

 



Overall: Do I Recommend?

Absolutely not. One bad sequel is all every book series I start gets. But two bad sequels are unforgiveable.



Additional Info

Published: March 24th 2009
Pages: 541
Publisher: Margaret McElderry Books
Genre: YA / Fantasy / Urban Fantasy
ISBN: 9781416914303

Synopsis:
"To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters - never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family's past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he's willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City - whatever the cost?"(Source: Goodreads)



 Did you make it past CITY OF GLASS? What's your secret?

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