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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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Monday, January 25, 2016

[Review]: City of Ashes (TMI #2) - Cassandra Clare



In CITY OF ASHES, the second book in the The Mortal Instruments series, ├╝ber villain Valentine Morgenstern steals the second of the mortal instruments very conveniently shortly before it will be used in a trial against Jace.

I liked the first book alright, but didn't really enjoy this one at all. There is a multitude of reasons for that, mostly because it's nothing like the first. 

Not what I bargained for

CITY OF ASHES isn't told from Clary's perspective. The booksisn't even about Clary anymore. The first one set up a new world being introduced to her and gave off the vibe that it all would be about her. But really, the books are more about showcasing this insanely big world Clare has created. 

The new omniscient narrating perspective is very confusing and makes this feel more like an adult novel than a YA. In general, this is unlike any YA I've ever read. It's hardly possible to root for any characters because the perspectives are changed all the time, a new character gets introduced every twenty pages and also brings more information dump with them. 

Clare is the queen of information dump. Oddly enough, she seems to be aware of this and just decides to stop explaining 3/4 into the book. New weapons, new demons, new runes, everything thrown at you without any explanation whatsoever. I feel like you need a lexicon to read this. I had no idea what was happening to whom with what weapon and how half the time. Trying to make sense of action scenes is very short from being torture. 

Why it's not worth DNF-ing either

There's a lot wrong with this book and I didn't enjoy it half as much as I did CITY OF BONES, which didn't even receive a very good review from me either. 

However, this insane world full of new concepts and beings is just too interesting to quit. The writing is sub-par at most, full of cringe-worthy similes and annoying foreshadowing, and unlikeable characters. Still, I probably won't quit this series. I want to know what Valentine did to Clary and Jace. I want to know more about this world. And this is why these books are so popular and beloved, I think.
Even when you acknowledge and fully realize it's mediocre at most, you won't quit. You won't want to. Let's hope the third one doesn't make me want to claw my eyes out.


Rating:

★★☆☆

  

Overall: Do I Recommend?

Ugh. I'm not even going to attempt to answer this truthfully. They're a guilty pleasure. Just do whatever you want but be aware that this isn't high class literature.



Additional Info

Original Title: City of Ashes
Author: Cassandra Clare
Published: March 28th 2008
Pages: 453
Genre: YA / Fantasy / Urban
ISBN: 9781416914297

Synopsis:
"Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who's becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn't ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?"(Source: Goodreads)


 Have you read CITY OF ASHES?

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