My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This series is about as much fantasy as I go. For some reason I found the second the second half of the book harder to lose myself in than the first half.
It is fairly predictable that it races from one crisis to the next at a speedy pace. There is very little done in the way of character development. This is an action book and definitely a pulp fiction.
And lets not get too deep into discussing the whole “Incestuous” relationship between Clary and Jace. That was just plain creepy. Like, “Dude, that like your sister that you’re making eyes at.” Ewwww. There is nothing romantic about it. Would be at all surprised in later books to read that they aren’t actually siblings so as to justify all of the ‘meaningful moments’ and kisses that they share. And I’m sure that in the next book the lose ends will be wrapped up in regards to certain characters -such as Maia – at least I hope so.
This book was OK at captivating my imagination enough to go to Book Three (City of Glass) It is high school level fiction that is gobbled up by the masses only to be forgotten in years to come. It will not stand the test of time. It is the Twilight of its generation, loved by parents because it gets their children reading, and in the end, anything that gets kids reading is a good thing. An enjoyable way to spend a couple of brainless hours taking it in.