I’m a terrible blogger. I haven’t written a post, or a review in too long! But mostly, it’s because, I’m in a book rut. Yes, it happens to the best of us. We get into a rut where we can’t find a book we just really get into and you just read haphazardly and in smaller and smaller chunks until you realize you haven’t touched a book in days.
I can honestly say, this is one of my very favorite book series. Action, wit, sarcasm, monsters, angels, great villains, insurmountable odds, heroes of epic proportions, I mean this series has it all! It’s beautifully written with a flow like butter. The wit and sarcasm is well timed and it’s genuinely thought-provoking.
However, I was slightly disappointed with this last and final book of The Mortal Instruments series. Maybe it was after Clockwork Princess (Clare’s other prequel series called The Infernal Devices that I have written about before, which is perhaps at the very top of my favorites list, OF ALL TIME) I was just a little disappointed. It wasn’t, in my opinion, Clare’s best writing. Her notable flow seemed slightly off-kilter. To me, the events did not follow each other as well as the previous 5 had. Some scenes seemed slightly forced, which I totally get, as a practicing/ aspiring writer myself I know sometimes trying to portray a character, or a certain feeling, scenes can become muddied especially the closer to the end you get.
I also felt like the addition of the characters for her upcoming series of novels, The Dark Artifices, was just a tad too much. The story could have flowed much smoother without time out to describe and catch up with these characters we’ve just met in the last book they’re not even featured in. Subtle appearances would have done just fine.
Don’t get me wrong! This book still has tons of great stuff in it! Action, violence, secrets, steamy stuff! It’s right on par for the characters!
In the end though I felt a bit robbed of loss, and I know that sounds crazy but, I kept waiting and waiting for someone to bite it, and it just didn’t seem to live up to the classic soul-crushing quality of Cassandra Clare. I really shouldn’t complain on that though, I did mention early on before the release of the book that I couldn’t bear losing one of them, my preciouses!
Though, I felt slightly disappointed I look forward to what is ahead! Clare is such a prolific and fantastic writer who stays continually busy! And in the end of the story of Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and etc. I felt satified to leave them behind, which honestly is such a terrific feat. Normally I can’t stand to leave them, or I feel robbed of not knowing what they do next, but in the end I felt like I knew exactly where they all ended up, or would end up. And I was satisfied. That is every author’s dream is it not? Satisfied readers? Or maybe it’s hungry readers, though hungry zombie readers sounds more terrifying and the opposite of an author’s dreams, but there are some strange people out there. ;)
I would recommend this book and series to ANYONE over the age of 14! And I almost always do!