Rating: 3.5 Birds
Review may not be entirely spoiler free - read at own risk.
I finished COFA last night and forced myself to sleep on it before writing the review. I think, sadly I may have the unpopular opinion here....COFA was NOT what I thought it would be.
First things first, and this is little, but it must be mentioned....did Cassie Clare get word of the day toilet paper while writing/editing COFA? I ask because sprinkled about in the book are words I see so infrequently (more like, if ever) in YA Lit, I had to look them up..... For instance:
Yes, it means "very angry" but I think that CC may have gone a bit overboard with the addition of huge words no teenager in the right mind would know. I love a good wordsmith, but she wasn't aiming these words at her target audience.
Next, we were promised a wedding in this book, were we not? It was in fact one of the only things that Cassandra noted right off the bat that we would have....and yet - there wasn't one. There was a party to celebrate the day before the wedding, but NO wedding...??? This irked me, I was looking forward to it. And I do not like being told something's there when it's not. I didn't hear if it was removed in the end, it could have been....but still let a reader know!
On the very top of my my list of complaints about COFA (my God I can't not believe I even had one....let alone several....) Jace was a big fat whiney baby the WHOLE book. His normal, cocky, comeback slinging self came out now and again and when it did I relished in the snarkiness, but mostly he just was a Danny Downer. And shush it up about the "traumatic experiance" from City of Glass and all that...everyone left the end of City of Glass with baggage..he didn't need to be THIS obnoixioulsy sissyfied....I think Clary should have lent him a dress to be honest.
I clawed my way through 3 books into all hours of the night risking paper cuts and sleep deprivation to get only a mere paragraph of a happy Clary and Jace at the very, very end. Then I wait...and I wait...and I wait some freaking more....for COFA to come out only to have them in the same depressing mind set as they were BEFORE through the whole book. WHAT!?
I was really let down. I can only hope that in the next books Cassie Clare has run out of horrible, relationship ruining situations to put them in, because I'm fairly certain I'm not alone in the thought that these two need to be, not just together but happy a little too. Not only that but I needed a serious pick me up after reading the book - honestly Jace was that depressing through out.
I don't know, gah, I feel terrible after writing this because MI is one of my favorite series. I still got my same humor and banter from the other characters. But the book was mostly revolving around Simon, and I'm a Jace girl (you know in Breaking Dawn when the POV changed to Jake and you're all like...nooooo! Even though you liked him too....yeah. I had that moment - yes I just gave a twilight reference...deal)
I have handfuls of great quotes I want to make into t-shirts but in the end, this is my least favorite of the MI books and I only like it slightly better then Clockwork Angel from her Infernal Devices series, which I really didn't get into at all....I think that the MI series should have just been 3 books, maybe ending a little differently of course OR that COFA shold have been longer because now I'm sensing things being drug out for the simple fact we will now buy anything Cassie Clare writes...and just so you know...right now i have no desire for the next in the sereis. I will not be freaking out to get it like I was COFA.
I am going to hang my head in shame at my, at least completely honest review.