Publication Date: April 2009
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Series: Mortal Instruments #1
With the massive amount of hype surrounding this series, I expected to be knocked off my feet by this book. I wasn’t. Don’t get me wrong, Cassandra Clare is a good writer. Not the best, but good enough. The storyline is great but the characters are just so...not awesome. Hear me out before you curse me out.
Okay, guys. For real. What’s so special about Jace Wayland? Upon starting this book, I expected to find this amazing young guy whose team I was going to instantly want to be on...I SO don’t wanna be on Jace’s team, ya’ll. He is a whiny little boy with daddy issues and I honestly don’t have time for that. It’s not intriguing, it’s not cute, and it damn sure ain’t sexy. Except for a few snarky remarks, I have no idea what any of you see in him.
Clary is no better. Can you say BORING? She is so plain and unexceptional, and she too, is a whiner. I know they’re both teenagers, but hell, they act all adult when it comes to the romance bit, like they have a clue about love. I expect that to be spread out across the board. They can’t be all “in love” one second and whining like a toddler about something stupid the next. Doesn’t work.
Isabelle and Alec? Blah. Simon? Witty, but whipped. Clary doesn’t want you boy! Stop pining after her like some sap. Magnus Bane? The rockstar of MI. The most AWESOME character I’ve encountered in a while. He is the only exception to this dull lineup. He is so fabulously gay and brilliant it’s impossible to dislike him. Yes, Clare got one character right and it’s Bane.
The world-building and plot saved this book from being two stars. I love the world of the Shadowhunters and I think the use of Latin and runes is just so cool. I really like all the names of their cities and different places, and I really think the Silent Brothers are a fab addition to the book.
However, I did NOT like the “romance” between Jace and Clary, if you can even call it that. What in the hell did Jace do to warrant gaining Clary’s undying affections, and vice versa? Neither of them did a damn thing, is the answer to that. They simply “fell in love”. Sorry, but I’m not convinced (except that maybe they’re just horny teenagers).
The plot twist involving Valentine (who is a pretty great villain BTW) probably would have had more of an impact if I hadn’t read reviews with unmarked spoilers (for shame!). Still, it’s a pretty good plot twist that offers all sorts of future complications. I’m reading City of Ashes right now, and yes, complications abound.
Overall, just an okay book that the movie might just outdo if it’s as awesome as the previews show. I’ll be coming back to let you guys know.