Series: The Mortal Instruments (#1)
Author: Cassandra Clare
What a relief! I finally finished it. I started reading it last year in April or May, I think. Well, some time after the movie came out, since, when it was available online, I watched it with my Boyfriend and it was fun. It was cheesy and kind of silly, but still fun. So I googled more about the book and decided to try it out. Sometimes I like to check out books I’ve watched 😀 Like, after seeing Outlander (the TV show) mentioned a bunch of times and watching that video in this post by kiltsandswords, I decided to check it out. And watched all 8 available episodes in one day. Obviously, I liked it. Now I’m also slowly reading the book. With City of Bones it was similar. Except that I just couldn’t get into it. I read some of it in that (last years’) April or May, then revisited the book in September, I think. And then at some moment again, and it still went soo slow. But finally I pushed myself to finish it. It sitting on my Goodreads Currently Reading shelf for so long was starting to bother me and I need to catch up to my 2015 Reading Challenge (it says I’m 3 books behind, oh no!). So I pepped myself up and got to it.
Jeez, I don’t even know what good I could say. Not that I want to say the book was bad (there are people who like and love this book and I’m not and won’t be bashing them, but my opinion is my opinion), but there aren’t that many things that pop out as particularly cool and noteworthy. And the fact that half of the book was read some time ago doesn’t particularly help either (and at that time I wasn’t yet planning on having a blog and writing reviews).
Chapter 21 was pretty cool. Maybe because it wasn’t in Clary’s voice, because she kind of started to get on my nerves during the last leg of my long reading journey, which would be, I think, the last 30-40% of the book. And it was interesting one, I liked Luke’s story. Another thing, I don’t remember anything of that chapter really appearing in the movie, so that also might be a factor why I found it so enjoyable – it really gave something to the story for me.
There also were some funny moments, especially various things Jace said. All that ‘Jace-only-loves-Jace’ jazz.
Some things mentioned here might not be exactly bad, but they definitely seemed weird, they jumped out to me as something off. And they felt like a drawback to the book, therefore, they go into the ‘bad’ category. They also might feel like nitpicking and I’m quite aware of it 😀 It’s just that when reading the last part till finishing the book, I payed more attention to everything that I liked or didn’t like, was collecting my impressions for review etc.
- Is it just me or does the underlined part sound awkward: “through the broken pane streamed sunlight, quantities of sunlight“?
- Clary saying ‘spectacles’ not ‘glasses’, just seems weird that fifteen-year-old says spectacles, I mean, who really actually says that? 😀 Hmm, okay, just ‘ctrl+F – ed’ through the book and it seems Clary only uses ‘spectacles’ when talking about Luke, and at least once she says ‘glasses’ about Luke, while, when talking about Simon, there seems to be only ‘glasses’. So yeah, just a kind of a weird thing in my mind, not particularly bad or anything, just… Yeah 😀
- This (emphasis on the underlined part):
The pack began to move toward her and Luke; as they neared, they dropped to all fours, lips snarling back from their lengthening fangs, limbs extending into long, furred extremities, clothes overgrown by fur.
I haven’t read that many books featuring werewolves and it kind of doesn’t matter that much, but, in my eyes, that phrase is saying, that nothing happens to the clothes when you turn into a werewolf, which just seems weird/impossible/unrealistic (not that werewolves as such are SO realistic, lol). Even Twilight’s werewolves ripped their clothes apart when transforming and everyone loves to hate Twilight, but at least that point is a nice and realistic touch.
- “narrow edge of his tone” – most probably nitpicking, but, umm, how does a narrow edge to voice tone works exactly? (such wow, much nitpick)
- “prevarication” – umm, huh? I’m 22 and I didn’t know the meaning of the word right off the bat (gotta add, though, that I’m not a native speaker, so, I suppose, that should be taken into consideration), I just got the sense of it, so yeah.. A 15-year-old using that word – I don’t think so. Not that a 15-year-old couldn’t know fancy words, I guess, but do teenagers really use fancy words in their thoughts?
- And it also kind of bothered me that Clary is 15. Sometimes here actions just seemed too grown-up for a 15-year-old, but maybe that is just me putting grown-up teenagers down. But I think I often feel this way about main characters-teenagers who do ‘big things’, e.g., Kira in Partials by Dan Wells, is said to be 16, and in my mind that age just didn’t want to go together with her actions. I guess I want teenagers in books to act like stereotypical teenagers or something.
- But the greatest drawback was the fact, that the book just read so slow for me. I couldn’t get into it. But you can’t really blame the book, it’s me. Obviously, it isn’t really my kind of book.
Overall, it was okay, but it didn’t click with me. The movie kind of did, the book – not really. I guess that in some ways it was ‘meh’, just like Life Blood: Cora’s Choice by V.M. Black, although the books as such aren’t particularly similar.
The premise and overall plot was interesting, it’s just that in the book things felt mmm uninteresting, I guess. The book didn’t really excite me, I wasn’t drawn in. But the movie was fun. So there’s that.
Because I did finish the book and it could have been interesting (and was at some moments), and it had some funny moments, City of Bones receives 1 nut from Squirrel.
P.S. I probably won’t be reading the sequels, but, if they ever decide to make that movie sequel, count me in on that. 😉
Sorry, fans 😀