*There will be spoilers…you’ve been warned*
Shadowhunters – regular whiny teenagers with super powered tattoos or rad warriors fighting demons for mankind’s salvation?
It occurred to me I should just review the whole 6 book series in one post, instead of spreading out the posts. Cassandra Clare has written quite the amount of books and short stories about the shadowhunter universe, and now has a show. But, this is about the six original books called The Mortal Instruments.
City of Bones introduces us to a fifteen year old Clary Fray boring, artist girl from New York and her best friend Simon (fifteen year old teenage boy and member of a crappy band). Clary’s world is turned upside down after witnessing a murder by people, only she can see…
The world of The Mortal Instruments is one of werewolves, warlocks, vampires, demon hunters and fairies. A world filled with young love so strong it puts the crush in crushes. There is violence, corruption, devotion and ultimate good. A place where the past never stops haunting you …and summoning demons to try and kill you.
Ya, know: normal healthy relationships right? 😉
Anyways, the books are no great literary feat, but they’re a lot of fun to read. The books are what I call popcorn reading – entertaining, but not a lot of substance or life changing capabilities. Kind of like watching reality t.v haha.
Here is my 5 star rating of all the books based on their entertainment factor (this is my second time reading the series, and I will admit I was much more generous with my rating system this time around):
City of Bones: 5/5 stars. Good introduction to characters and world building, lots of drama.
City of Ashes:4/5 stars. An interesting read, but too much whining about being in love with ones own brother. Incest is just not hot-come on people…
City of Glass: 5/5 stars but I really think more like 4.5…. The shadowhunter world is really interesting. I like how Cassandra Clare plays with the newfound abilities she gave Clary. Sebastian is also a pretty interesting new addition to the character line up.
City of Fallen Angels: 3/5 stars. I think this was the weakest book in the series. Clary is finally with her great love Jace, but she is still constantly doubting his affection and thinking he will break up with her even though he tells her OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN that he loves her. Also, Clary’s mom, Jocelyn, is the least interesting/weak plot point character. It was fine when she was in a coma, and it didn’t matter. Now that the story is revolving around her too, it’s just not good.
City of Lost Souls: 4/5 stars. Jace and Sebastian make an intriguing team, and though I really felt like the series could have ended as a trilogy (especially after my feelings on the fourth book). This was an entertaining read and helped keep the series going for me.
City of Heavenly Fire: 4/5 stars. Alright, this book was long in a very long series. It’s over 700 pages! And wraps everything up OVER and OVER again. I mean I love when all the loose ends are all tied up but even this was excessive for me. The ending was good-I can’t argue that, but the book could have been around 400 pages. The battles are very cool and of course Clary and Jace’s epic powers canceled out how much they whine about loving one another and never being together. Super spoiler alert: the finally have sex! It only took 6 damn books and it is so cheesy. Super spoiler alert: how the hell did Jace magically have a condom with him in the demon realm??? What do I love though in books? An emphasis on safe sex in a YA novel, so thank you Cassandra Clare.