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And I ALWAYS judge a book by its cover, so when I saw the books in person, I was actually having second thoughts buying them. I would never really buy this series if it weren't strongly recommended by a bunch of people on my flist (and you know I trust their taste).
And so I decided to bump it up the reading list as promised and alternated it with reading Austen, cause I get exhausted reading Austen (though I love her) and in total, it took me 6 days to read the three books -- that includes napping in between. In other words, it's a really really easy read. I love easy reads.
Too lazy to explain the plotSo I read the books and though in the beginning, I found many many similarities to many other literature, I guess I'm a really easy to please reader cause I figured that even chick lit has soooo many similarities to other books too. And the difference with this is that Clare has a very different central plot.
The books center around this girl named Clary who is apparently of Shadowhunter descent. Shadowhunters are warriors who battle demons and the like (I know. What am I doing reading about demons and warriors, right?). Clary has to find a way to wake her mom up from this coma-ish type she's in because an evil Shadowhunter (I won't say Voldemort-ish, but yeah) Valentine is sending evil-ness their way! But there's a love story folks! Lots and lots of them!!! And this is what kept me going!!!
Sure, Cassandra Clare (the author, who apparently used to write fanfiction! Yes! Giving hope to all the fic writers out there of being published) got me imagining the City of Bones, the Silent Brothers, Alicante, the Institute and all these characters she created in her world, but what really got me going were the love teams!!!!
Ships I loved!Without going into super detail to the plot, cause I would be spoiling others and if you want to read it, I hope you don't go into this part too much.
But every time they're in a scene together he has this conflict of interest with her. He wants to protect her and he wants to just be with her but he's fighting his inner demons and trying to prove himself to be worthy of this girl. Meanwhile Clary wasn't brought up in the Shadowhunter world so she's clueless about anything and needs 'protecting' though of course she could give a damn about her safety as all lead girls do because all she wants to do is be with Jace.
And yes they sound really corny as I write them, but if you read the books, you'll get why I'm squeeeing here. They're so cute together. And yeah, they're quite young, but who cares! It's a book! And they're shadowhunters!!!
Obviously there's so much more to say about this book but then I'm afraid to be giving it all away. I shall find a way to squee about this book in other ways I guess.
And so despite the ultra fantasy world it's in, I actually thought this book had so many funny moments which I'm too lazy to type out now. But it's got lots of humor and lots of love and in my book that makes it pretty much a great book. Plus the story flows quite well that I really couldn't put it down.
I'm actually kinda sad that there's only three of it, but it ended on a pretty good note. I hope though that she writes more of these people cause I read that she'd be writing again but of another set of characters. So thanks dorkfish04 for getting me into this. I swear you will be the death of me. Now where is the movie version of this book? It would be cool to see the runes and Alicante now.