April 10, 2018
I'm going to be honest here. When I first started the book, the first couple of chapters were boring and left me uninterested. I gave up reading it for a whole month. Now, I must admit, I do enjoy watching the TV adaptation of this series and because of that, I decided to give it a second chance. Normally, I'm all about first impressions, but, in this case, trying it out a second time proved my first reaction wrong.
This book was crazy good and entertaining and as always, the book was better than the TV and movie adaptations. The detail in which Cassandra describes the different places and people is excellent, leaving nothing up to the imagination. Some would say that that is a bad thing but I don't think it is or isn't. She had a clear idea of what everything and everyone looked like so she made sure we, as her audience, saw it too. I applaud that.
Her characterization is also top notch. If you haven't already guessed from my other reviews, I'm pretty big on character and world believability. When reading about the different characters and seeing how they speak and interact, not one of them is the same. Their individuality bleeds through the pages and adds the credibility one needs when creating a fictional world based in the real world. I especially love how complex she's made one of the MC's, Jace. At first glance, you see an arrogant and proud teen who doesn't need anyone but then as you learn more about him, you realize he's just guarded with walls up high so no one can hurt him. His fear of being vulnerable is shown well and is relatable. As are the depictions of the other characters.
Overall, Cassandra created a very intriguing story full of angels, demons, humans and other races and creatures. If you haven't read it yet, get a copy and immerse your self in the world she's imagined. You won't be disappointed!
A contrarian at heart. I prefer The Lord of the Rings over Harry Potter and Narnia. I love Country Music and John Hughes movies and am the worst at singing the correct lyrics.