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Apparently, when I'm bored out of my mind in school and there's nothing to do because last days, I read faster than at home. Weird, I know. It also helps that this book is surprisingly good and fast-paced and really, really well written. And without shitty asshole-ish guys. And without a love triangle. So yup, this is definitely my kind of book. Also, apparently, in these couple of days, I have no idea how to write reviews and my brain is kind of fuzzy from all the studying, so I'm going to finish every review when I have the energy. I suck, I know.
To my own surprise, I really really enjoyed this. It was cute, fun and it took my mind off of things when I was piled up with... well things and things to do (and barely got to finish it in 8-days time because of things). Better review to come when I'm more rested and when I'm not feeling like my brain is going to burst any minute.
DNF at the page 116.
I can't read any more of this. It's boring. It's so, so boring that I've almost fallen asleep every time I'd get back to reading this. You'd expect that, from the book that involves the girl that is half dragon, there will be some action and fast-paced storyline and whatnot, but no! Instead, we get details, some attempt at a plot twist, and more details! In this 36% I've read, nothing remarkably happens. it's just lost of thoughts and lots of details and details.
We have a girl named Marni who's been living with her grandpa, away from the village, her whole life. There is woods outside her house and she goes there and meets one magical lady from time to time without her grandpa knowing. There are also lots of lords and stuff going over to their house. Also, apparently, she's a flower girl. And that's about 20% of this book. Marni talks to her granpda, Marni goes to the woods and thinks how she would like to run away, Marni does some knitting, Marni goes to the woods, Marni talks to her granpda or keeps quiet when there are guests... and that's it. Nothing. Absolutely. Fucking. Nothing. Then her grandpa dies and she goes to live at the court because, you know, she's actually a princess. There we have more knitting, new dresses, more gossiping, and pretty people. And that's as far as I go because more than 100 of pages with just that is not working for me.
From some books, I expect a slow plot and even hope for it, but this? No, I expected action, not boring details and hearing a MC moaning about how she wants to run away but has no guts to do so. Just, give me a fucking break because no. I wanted to like this. I really did because high fantasy and dragons and man, I love this things usually, but sadly not here.
I don't know if the plot gets better from here but I'm not intrigued enough to continue and I could honestly care less about this story. I'm sorry, maybe this is just me, but it's not working. I really wish it was.
So, to get into the book properly, I've listened to "All Of The Stars" by Ed Sheeran because, you know, reasons, and it worked. I remember that, last year, it took me around a week to finish this and I don't even know why honestly. Now, I finished it in basically one day (not counting the last 50 pages okay?). Maybe I even liked it better now. I managed to shed a tear now, while I didn't before, and there was nothing different now.
I like this book. I don't love it. I don't wish to squish it and keep it in my arms forever, like I want to do with Half Bad, for example (okay, this sound kind of creepy I'm sorry. Books are my secret lovers, obviously). Yes, it's an emotional read. Yes, John Green is a good writer and yes, I liked almost everything about it. There was just something missing. I'm not sure what, I wasn't the first time either, and while I enjoyed this the second time around even more, it's just not my FAVE FAVE book of all time. While I think it deserves the hype, I also think John Green is not a God and the best author today. I'm sorry... no, actually, I'm not. I could not find the right appeal to this, I think, and while my rating is still high (because I did like it), I just don't see it. People crying over it for ages and such.
And while I'm definitely a teenager above my age, I still this teenagers here are too mature for their age. I know when to say smart things and say my opinion to the point, but I definitely, definitely don't speak like that. Okay, maybe there are teenagers like Augustus and Hazel, it's just that I've never met them. Everything I hear everyday in school is giggling, boys, giggling, school, giggling, gossiping and rarely something really smart. I'm not exaggerating. Trust me, I wish I am. I feel bad because usually, things like stupid giggling teenagers is what really irk me in YA novels but they also irk me in real life because I want author to write a smart teenager, even if they are rare. So why I'm complaining now about too smart teenagers is beyond me but yeah. I like smart teenagers a lot, just not overly smart. I'm not making sense now, am I?
Anyway, Green really does have writing skills and he knows how to bring the story to life, I think I just expected something more - something that will touch me more than it really did. Oh well, we can't always get what we want.
I've read this in two days. This book originally has 500+ pages (mine version has 380 but the book is just, well, bigger overall). What. the. hell. How in the name of Shadowhunters and Demons and Downworlders and Angels did that happen??
Look, this book has flaws... a lot, but I found it so damn entertaining and I don't even know why. I managed to ignore cringe-worthy lines, even some characters and everything that would usually bother me. I don't know. I just don't know. I don't think I'm ever going to be able to write a normal review for any of these book because I'm so so torn about it. A part of me liked it and enjoyed it more than it would like to admit it, but the other part of me just really hates most of the characters and can't look past the cheesiness and deus ex machina(s) so just. Yeah. The only thing I could probably go on and on about are Magnus and Alec. I'm in love. That should've probably been clear by now. They're epic. The end.
Fuck it, I'm leaving it at 4 stars because I enjoyed it. And fuck it, Clary got bearable. And fuck it, Magnus and Alec.
Okay I'm going on. I'm too tired to function today. My day was too tiring. Goodbye.
Well, that's what I call a cliffhanger.
Okay, let me explain something. I have a love/hate relationship with this series. Because some parts are bad, then some parts are good, but it's entertaining overall and, especially with this installment, I couldn't put this book down. Clare's writing definitely got much better in this book than in the first one. The narrative is flowing more naturally, ridiculous similes were cut to minimum, and there was some character development here. I liked it - I can't even deny that. And I can't even deny that I've read most of this book in one day.
Clary still annoyed me and most of the time, she was too stupid to live. But I can see that changing - I hope that will change. Jace was still a jerk but he started to grow onto me. Alec and Magnus were still the best thing ever and I'm absolutely in love with them - as an individuals and as a couple. And this is definitely getting more and more interesting.
So yeah, now I even look forward to reading the next - and the last (for me) - book in the series. Pleasssse, let it be good.
P. S. I'm still not sure about the rating. Idk if it's more a 3.5 or 4 star for me. I'll see after the third one.
I finally own a physical copy! Though I shouldn't say 'finally' because it usually takes one whole year AT LEAST for them to translate books. I think I never saw a book that was published in English two months later in my country, on my language. But I'm pleasantly surprised and very very much happy because I'm fucking in love with this book.
I'm also probably the most pathetic human being in the world because I went through the hell and back for this book. First, I go to one bookstore and they don't have it (it was published yesterday so it was like, understandable), then I remember that there is one more just around the corner, so I go there, see the book through the window, BUT the bookstore closed 20 minutes ago because that's just my kind of luck. Then I start walking because I had 10-15 more minutes till my appointment with my therapist. But then I remember another freaking bookstore that is in a totally opposite direction from where I was going, and I turn around and practially run there, half praying all the way that it pays off. And it did. Seriously, the things I do for books.
So yeah, I'll probably do a reread of this faster than I'd ever done for any other book. Pathetic, I know.
3 stars because of this being entertaining as hell, potential Magnus and Alec (like, I need more of them okay?) and these random funny moments that made me laugh out loud till tomorrow. All the other things, the characterisation, the MC (I went nuts with her), the love interest, ridiculous similes and plot holes are just a big fat no.
You know, I had this book since 2010 and I still haven't read it until now. And I've a translated version to my native language from the library. I don't know why but whenever I'd start it before, I'd put it down - the latest being glaring grammar errors and my unableness to get into the story. But, now as I borrowed the two next books from the library, too (and that's as far as I'm going with this series), I'm reading it all in one go.
So yeah, I don't have much to say about this. I have no idea if this is plagiarised, I wouldn't be surprised if it was (it was one of the reasons I was avoiding this book like a plague), and if it is, then Cassandra Clare, I don't like you at all. But I tried to forget the disturbing story I've read about this situation before, and get into the book. I guess I succeeded, which definitely doesn't mean I should like the author. Because I don't. Oh wait, does this go against GR policy? Oops. Well, Booklikes is cooler. You guys rock!
Anyway, I'll continue with this till the book 4 and hopefully will finish it in a week's time. Gah, I'm too busy these days.
P. S. The movie was so bad I was cringing the whole way on the train whilst watching it. Like, why? They even had a decent cast! People I've seen acting before and they were real fucking good! It's such a shame. Sigh.