WRITERS.. YOU DON’T DO THIS!!!
Hello my dear kids bloggers friends. PLEASE VOUCH FOR ME!!!
You ALL know how nice Daniela is with writers right?
You all know that I don’t write bad reviews right? 🙂
I’m sure I made you frowned more than once because of that!
[here comes Daniela with another 4-star review! Doesn’t she EVER read a BAD book??]
[I DO!!! I DO!! I JUST DON’T REVIEW THEM!]
I’m a Professional DNFer and a Book Recommender. That’s what I’m!
Not a Book Reviewer 🙂
[Just don’t kick me out of the club pleeease! 🙂 ]
Because if I don’t like it I don’t finish it. And if I don’t finish it I don’t write a review.
Right? It is in my review policy!
So why am I writing a pseudo bad review??? Because…
WRITERS YOU DO NOT RUIN AN ANGELS/DEMONS BOOK! You don’t. PERIOD.
If you do, you get a pseudo bad review from Daniela!
This book BARELY gets my check marks for ✓ Premise, and ✓World-building
About the Book
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?
In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City’s Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation. (less)
This is the first book I read of this series, and probably the last! Because this was just a nice mehness and well there are WAY TOO MANY BOOKS I want to read to read mehnesses 🙁
And what is a mehness Daniela???
Well, it is hard to define! I guess it is what you get when you put “Nice” “Meh” “Ugh” “Hell, yeah” “Meh”, “Oh, no, no nooooo” and mores “Meh”s in a food processor 🙂
Let’s start with the writing. Cassandra is kinda a good writer, so the book was hummm… only kinda ok. Sometimes “meh”, but mostly very “UGH I want to pull big patches of my hair” annoying!
AND I LOVE MY HAIR
I love my kids, my hair, my hubby, my hair, chocolate, my hair, wine, and… MY HAIR!!
I don’t just go around pulling my hair. So, why did I???
Because of the descriptions!!!!
HOLY COW!! Like pasta left boiling for an hour. Waaaaaaay overdone!
They didn’t slow down the action! THEY ANCHORED IT! THEY BOLTED IT TO THE GROUND.
So… Need three whole paragraphs to describe the Institute, a unique fantasy element never seen? Please do! You know what? Use the whole page. Make a whole chapter about the Institute. Same about the creepy demos Valentine summoned and that made his army. Scorpion demons? Well worth a bunch of paragraphs!
But… FOR GOD SAKE!!!! Why can’t Jace just kneel to see if Clary is ok without the book describing how his adorable features are slowly being rescued from the shadows casted by his hoodie by the pink-golden hues of a sun slowly dying in the horizon??? OMG I was boooored just writing this sentence. Sometimes an action is just an action! Let it just BE that! Jace kneels, concerned darkening his gaze [if you must!] and asks Clary “Are you ok”
Let’s not make EVERY moment an epic moment! PLEEEESASE
Then the premise was a HUGE, LOUD, “HELL YEAH!” Nephilim? Descendants of Angels??? (AKA Shadowhunters) fighting Demons? “YEAH” world domination “AHA!” Other realms??? “AWESOME!” and we are adding vampires, werewolves, fairies?? AND NO DRAGONS!!! Daniela then explodes and PURE LOVE creates a constellations of stars!
Sooooo… This is why this book deserves a pseudo bad review.
WRITERS YOU DO NOT RUIN AN ANGELS/DEMONS BOOK! You don’t. PERIOD
If you do, you get a pseudo bad review from Daniela!
Because this book was RUINED!!! Not only the overly done descriptions but.. the characters!
They made me go like “huh? MEH!” MEH MEH MEH!!!. 3-star [and 2.5 of those stars belong to Simon!!] 🙂
So the characters were supposed to be my absolute favorite creatures in all the universes right? Angels, demons, shifters, vampires… the whole forsaken gang. Were they breathtakingly fantastic in the Mortal Instruments??? NOPE they were as hollow as a donut! Steam ironed F.L.A.T.
Maybe with the exception of Simon (human in love with Clary the MC) and Isabelle (shawdowhunter, sister of Jace the other MC). I liked Simon and Isabella a lot.
This was one of those books were the main characters were vastly outshined by the secondary characters. Alec (Shadowhunter, Jace’s brother), Luke (werewolves, paternal figure for Clary), Raphael (vampire), etc. They were waaaay more interesting than Jace and Clary. Actually Jace and Clary were so flat that they were kind of annoying! OMG they made Bella and Edward sound like super gigantic layered onions !
The plot… “oh no no no” 2-star!
Again if I wasn’t so crazy about angels and demons stories this would have been a DNF. I read many reviews were people thought this was just another Harry Potter and I have to agree with them! So many similarities!
Harry Potter [Mortal Instruments] books are about Harry Potter [Jace/Cary]’s life in Hogwarts [The Institute] with his friends Hermione, Ron and Neville and other wizards/mudbloods [Isabella, Alec and Simon and other shadowhunters/downlowers] trying to defeat his supremacist archenemy Voldemor [Valentine] before he gets his hands in the four deadly hallows [Mortal Instruments], and forms and pure-blood army of deatheaters [bad shawdohunters] that would kill all half-blood wizards and muggles [downlowers] so the pure-bloods can [shadowhunters] dominate the world.
SO HOW YOU, A PROFESSIONAL DNFER, FINISH THIS BOOK DANIELA????
I just kept reading because of the world. It was all about the world with this book!
The world-building WHOHOOOOO 5 stars!
So what gives Daniela? make up your mind! Did YOU LIKE IT? ARE YOU FINISHING THE SERIES???
I’m like… speechless with this series. This is another fan fiction mega success like FSoG that goes beyond my comprehension. BUT I do like that there is readers and market for almost all kind of books because that keeps authors motivated to write more books 🙂
So what if I’m in the minority that didn’t like it? Good for Cassandra for capturing so many hearts! ATTA GIRL! 🙂
So… I MAY read book 3. But I’m READING the next book. Now way I’m putting myself again through a Mortal Instruments audio book!! NOOOOOOO I’ll go insane! I already cancelled my request for the next audio book and requested the real book so I can skim through Jace and Clary’s dialogues and overly described scenes. 🙂
What about you my friends? Have you read the Mortal Instruments?
Did you like it? Tell me ALL about it! The good, the bad and the ugly 🙂
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