Tuesday, July 12, 2011
I am going to skip around a little bit and review this book because I just finished it today and really want to do an in-depth review of this book.
I started reading this book with pretty high expectations after hearing friend after friend telling me how AWESOME the Mortal Instruments series was and how I HAD to read this book. Usually the people that told me that and I shared a lot of common interest in books and we usually loved a lot of the same books - new or old - and the characters from these stories.
This book, however, was different.
I had started this book probably back in April of this year and got about half way through it. At that point, another book that I really wanted to read came out so I put CoB on hold. Mind you, half way through CoB is about 200 pages in. I knew then that this book wasn't going to make my favorites list. I sat it down 200 pages in. I found that I had no want to go back to this story, I occasionally remembered that I should finish it and wondered what would happen between Jace and Clary and if Jace would finally kiss Clary, but it wasn't a strong enough drive to get me to pick it up again.
Recently, I got an Advanced Reader Copy of "Sweetly" by Jackson Pearce (coming out this August) and I was also preparing to read my book for class ("A Separate Peace" by John Knowles). I decided that I wanted to have "Sweetly" to read on the beach because it seemed like it would be a good book to read on the beach. So I decided I'd break up ASP into sections to read each day, but I also knew that I needed to tie up some loose ends with Jace and Clary. So I sectioned off the rest of the book so that I would finish by the time I left for vacation. I found myself sometimes reading more than just that day's section and getting ahead of my schedule. Which was good - but it took me until about page 300 to really care what happened.
I think sometimes I would get distracted by the way that Clare wrote. Maybe I just notices changes of "voice" more because I write, but it seemed to me that she was trying to mix two different eras together - the Victorian and modern - one of which wasn't even the era in which the oldest characters lived. At one point, she had Jace speaking like Hodge, his mentor/tutor, and it didn't work for Jace. Jace was always a modern, sarcastic character who was probably the most realistic character to me, and having him speak like he was some Old English professor didn't work.
I rate this book a 3/5 stars. Not the worst book I've ever read, but definitely not one of my favorites.
Posted by Hanna at 7:49 PM