I did it! I read the complete first trilogy of The Mortal Instruments! This definitely wasn’t on purpose, but I read City of Ashes and just knew that I wanted to continue on with the story (and seeing as I read City of Bones in 2018 I didn’t want to lose that motivation!). It is obvious that this was intended to be the end of the series, as everything is wrapped up in a nice little bow. However, if you didn’t know by now, my opinion of this series is that it’s trash YA (and that I’m trash along with it) so the nice little bow felt right! And don’t worry, this is a spoiler free review.
In this book we finally get to see things coming together. The character development across the previous two books has left these characters actually forming relationships with one another (not always friendships!) and the way in which this then impacts the storyline is really well done.
Having them finally visiting this city that they’ve mentioned so many times was a lot of fun and I enjoy the different ways that we get to learn about the city from the various perspectives and locations that people are in.
There was a BIG shock reveal in this book, but from the rampant spoilers on the internet I had already known about it! It just made me impatient to want to get to it! But it did make the pre-reveal sections read differently in my head than they would have been. I’m kinda fine with it having been spoilt.
There does seem to be a lack of development in the female characters compared to the males. I know so much more about the boys, and that’s saying something considering that our main character Clary is a girl. She still feels a little two dimensional (I would say one but she’s at least improved a little) compared to the four dimensional Jace or Simon. I did love Izzy in this book though, vastly more than previously.
Overall, this was a fun, if not particularly well written book. But I still do intend to carry on with these series’ and will be reading the first Infernal Devices book next!! (I’ve been told that’s a good order to go in). I do still hope that the quality of the writing, and the development of the female characters, improves, but the story itself is a lot of fun.
I first read City of Bones by Cassandra Clare in May of 2018, it took me over 2 years to pick up the sequel! I read City of Ashes to fulfil the fuck book elitism prompt for the Fuckathon hosted by Noria Reads, because these books are absolute trash. Ab. So. Lute. Trash. And yet I’ve rated the both of these books 4/5*! They’re just so enjoyable despite the writing being so bad!
In the second book of the Mortal Instruments series we follow our main character Clary as she gets used to being immersed in this supernatural world that she had never heard of before as well as seeing character development from her and the others around her.
From a critical point of view? This is so badly written. The writing style is undeveloped and incredibly simplistic and the plot points are incredibly predictable. BUT just from an entertainment point of view? They’re so much fun! I sped through City of Ashes just like I sped through City of Bones and I’ve found myself invested in the story of these characters! I don’t care for Clary at all, if I’m being honest, but I really want to learn more about all of our side characters and I’m definitely more interested in finishing up the series now and reading more of Cassandra Clare’s tie-in books!
I also am hoping that Clare’s writing will improve as I go further through the books. She has the entertainment factor down, and these were her first published books (I believe) so there is definite room for improvement here and all of my fingers are crossed for it!
Have you read this series? How do you feel about it?
So I’ve finally read a Cassandra Clare book, it took me long enough! Not only did it take me a while to buy the book(s) to the point where the box set was out, but I also didn’t read the first book till a couple years after that. And I’ve still only read one, but here we are. I gave the book 4 stars, but it’s a weird one. I obviously did enjoy it, in fact I flew through it incredibly quickly, however, it just was a bit…juvenile? I feel like I would have enjoyed it vastly more if I had been 12 to 15, rather than 21 when I read it.
Part of this was the writing style itself, it just felt very young and underdeveloped, however, I’m sure that Cassandra Clare has improved much over time and I look forward to seeing this progression in future books. There was also the element of the plot, which seemed incredibly predictable and there were only a couple of moments throughout where I didn’t know exactly what was going to happen…
I still really enjoyed it?! I was simultaneously engrossed within the story and also completely separate and evaluating the events which were taking place on a critical level in a more negative light. It was an incredibly weird experience.
As I said, I still gave this book four stars, and I definitely intend on reading more of Cassandra Clares work as to me this suggests that there is real potential for me to enjoy her future works now that she has so many books out and has honed her writing even further. Fingers crossed that is what has happened and I’ll enjoy the books progressively more as I continue on!
Have you read the Mortal Instruments series? If so what did you think of it? Are you really p***ed off at me for my review or do you think I was too kind? Let’s chat!