'The Mortal Instruments' Review
Normally I review books one at a time, but I read this series quite quickly, so I'm reviewing it as a whole.
The first three books of The Mortal Instruments were great, and I read them in five days. The last two dragged on a little bit. This isn't surprising, seeing as how the series was originally meant to be a trilogy. On the whole, though, I enjoyed it.
It's hard to summarize a whole series without giving things from the later books away, so I won't talk too much about the plot. I will say, however, that it's about a teenager, Clary, who learns that she is not a normal human but a Shadowhunter, half human and half angel. Clary and her best friend, Simon, get sucked into the world of Shadowhunters and Downworlders (werewolves, vampires, fairies, and warlocks). The series chronicles Clary's transformation into a Shadowhunter and all the various supernatural occurrences that entails.
In the first book, the characters annoyed me, a lot. Simon was pretty much the only character I liked. He was the only human among the main characters, and subsequently I think that's the reason he was the only one who seemed like an actual person rather than a two-dimensional, whiny teenager. (I also loved Magnus Bane, the 800-year-old High Warlock of Brooklyn. He's easily the greatest character in the series.) As the series progressed, though, the characters grew, and I began to like them more and more.
It does get a little annoying that the characters are so young. I kept forgetting they were teenagers and only remembered again when Cassandra Clare, the author, mentioned it. And it's so blatantly YA that I sometimes had a hard time connecting with the characters and their problems. Even so, the series was delightfully entertaining.
I love fantasy books. I always have. The Mortal Instruments isn't my favorite fantasy series, but I won't deny that it sucked me in and wouldn't let me go. If you're a fan of YA fantasy, you should check it out.