Okay, I’ll admit, the movie was pretty awful, and the TV show is even worse. But, these books are plain awesome. I used to love to read fantasy all the time when I was younger, but about when I got to the sixth grade, the magic and witches and the fairies started to bore me a little bit, so I stopped reading those books. But there is one fantastical creature that I will forever be obsessed with; the angel. I love good angels, fallen angels, good angels going rogue, the works, which is why I was utterly fascinated with the idea of an entire book series dedicated to the children of those angels. And there began my (borderline unhealthy) love and utter dedication to Cassandra Clare.
As always, let’s start with the good. The reason these books are so popular is because of their uniqueness; of course there are other books out there about the children of angels, but the plot line is like no other. Clare created a shadow world that masterfully incorporated a plethora of magical creatures in an amazingly modern manner. Her characters all complimented each other, and though being demon fighting machines, managed to seem realistic and relate-able. Her already complex plot line had a bunch of other complex sub-plots, but Clare weaved them all in a way that they were easy to follow. But, the best part was, all of the books were interesting. Every. Single. One. I usually find if a series is longer than a trilogy, I only like or enjoy a couple of the books because the plot line get stretched for too long. Yes, each book was a continuation from the last, but at the same time, yet each had its own unique story line that contributed to the big one. Now this is going to be a big statement, but I wouldn’t say (or write) it if I didn’t mean it: I would put this series up alongside with Harry Potter. It is that good.
But even Harry Potter had its flaws. There is nothing standout horrible in these books, and certainly nothing that prevented me from continuing to read, but there were a couple of things. Now, I will admit that these small things come up in almost every series. There was a lot of repetition of scenes and dialogue, but not so blatant that it was annoying (I’m just a really harsh critic). There is however one thing that did bother me, and it was the backstories of the characters. They were immensely, immensely complex to the point that it was hard to keep up at times. However, these flaws are little things that can be overlooked.
In conclusion, these books have gotten a bad rep due to the movie and TV series, but as always, the books beat the media. They are a one of kind fantasy, and I would 100% recommend, especially if you love your angels.
Until next time, let this following quote from heartthrob and favorite Shadowhunter bad boy Jace Wayland/Herondale make you smile -” ‘Not everything is about you Jace.’ ‘Possibly, but you have to admit that the majority of things are.'”