- Series: The Mortal Instruments (Book 1)
- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; Media Tie-In edition (December 22, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1481470302
- ISBN-13: 978-1481470308
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.4 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4,304 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Cassandra Clare is the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of Lord of Shadows and Lady Midnight, as well as the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and Infernal Devices trilogy. She is the coauthor of The Bane Chronicles with Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson and Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy with Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman, as well as The Shadowhunter’s Codex, which she cowrote with her husband, Joshua Lewis. Her books have more than 50 million copies in print worldwide and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages, a feature film, and a TV show, Shadowhunters, currently airing on Freeform. Cassandra lives in western Massachusetts. Visit her at CassandraClare.com. Learn more about the world of the Shadowhunters at Shadowhunters.com.
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I hate to start this review this way, but I want to be honest. I have had this book on my shelf since 2008 and I never bothered to pick it up because I just didn't know what I'd feel about it. I'm mad at myself for this. I decided to finally read it because of the movie coming out. I really need to start reading all the books that I have been scared to read because of it being more fantasy. I have read a lot of fantasy recently and have loved every one of them. I'm being sucked in more and more.
Clary you learn to love. You feel so bad for her, because she is short has red hair and finds herself really unattractive. She can be a pain in some of the chapters because of her stubbornness but I have a feeling that it is really going to come in handy further down the road even more than it has in this book. Just in this book she has grown up so much and I hope that continues throughout the other books. I learned to love all the characters, even the ones with jealous tendencies like Isabelle and Alec. I think it is just how they were raised though. Jace, Isabelle, Alec, Simon, even Luke let you more into who they are and more explanations come out throughout the book.
I like that this isn't just humans, it has a little of everything, faeries, demons, werewolves, vampires, witches, warlocks. There are parts in the book about the worlds that a lot of books tend to explain the same way, but then you also learn more about the worlds too.
You get sucked into the pages. This isn't a book that leaves everything for the end. There is action and suspense throughout the whole book that makes you not able to stop reading it. The writing flows so well. The page count can be intimidating but the wording is bigger than some books though so it doesn't take as long as you would think to read it. It is easy to fly through it if you have the time to sit and enjoy it.
I can't wait to start the next book and I especially can't wait to go see the movie! Thank you movie for making me have to read it, I can't wait to devour the rest of the series!!
The second half, not so much. The reasoning may be that I was no longer in the mood for fantasy or that I'm probably too old for this book series (yeah, well, people older than me read YA AND I do read adult books. YA gives me a sort of breather between adult books). Though there were good scenes and characters in the second half, it fell flat. The characters introduced in the first half became annoying. I felt like many of the emotional scenes were beautifully initiated, but we're not capitalized on and I didn't believe the characters in the aftermath of said scenes.
Then came the ending and the huge "twist(s)" that ruined some of those emotional scenes so horribly, I actually shouted "really?" I did predict one twist pretty early. The second I suspected, but was a but surprised (and a bit disappointed it happened). Without giving away spoilers, thr first thing that popped in my mind was Star Wars. Though this is something not seen often in YA fantasy love angles, I didn't care for it. I had to spoil some plot lines in books further in the series to feel better about this because I really wanted to read the entire Mortal Instruments series as I own three of the six books, the entire Infernal Devices trilogy, and Lady Midnight of the Dark Artifices. So, I have a lot of money invested in the purchase of these books and have committed myself to quite a bit of time in at least the next nine months, or so. Plus, it is promising that Cassandra Clare is said to get better in her writing and plot structure in each subsequent publication. I will continue with this world, even if it stumbled along in the first book. Cassandra Clare does have an addictive quality to her writing and I will keep going.
I look forward to reading more of this series, it's a great start.