The trek through the Mortal Instruments, part II

Well, last night I finally did it. I finally finished City of Ashes. Whew!

As I said at the end of my last post, I was fighting to make it past page 200. I am here to tell you now, that if you can get to somewhere around page 375 (out of 464) then you may end up wanting to read then next one. Now I am not going to lie. It took A LOT of effort to get to the point in this book where things start to get interesting and make you want more. A few little things to bullet point:

  • Most of the book seems to be made up of pointless run around that could have been left out in order to make the reader feel more satisfied.
  • The sexy aspect is still gross. Period. If you haven’t read the first one yet then I will leave it at that. If you have read the first one, then don’t get your hopes up. The tables don’t turn again. The situation hasn’t changed.
  • Jace, one of the main characters, gets a bit redundant and annoying by the time the book gets good and by then you have a hard time liking him at the end when you should.  How many times does the author need to stress that he is arrogant, cocky, self absorbed, and very good looking? Seriously, we get it.
  • If you are looking for a climax that puts you on the edge of your seat, then push through to page 375ish. You won’t be disappointed.

Overall, I have to admit that if the 3rd book picks-up and continues the way the end of book 2 did, then I may have a different opinion of the series. By the end of this book it seems that the author has FINALLY found her voice in the writing and has really begun to grasp the story she had originally set out to write. Oddly enough she has created a phenomenon rarely seen in books and film; the second piece in the series is better than the first.