I’m reading (listening to) the tmi books for the first time in years
listen to me i know i’m about a decade late to the party but i read this book series when i was 14 and i’m still not over it.
this is my first book review that’s not done for some school thing in 7th grade so there’s that let’s go (and also not really a review i’m just bored and have a lot of feelings about these books)
This will probably be a comparison between my book tastes back when I first read it and now (i’m listening to the whole series in a hopefully healthy attempt to deal with quarantine as one does)
Now to the review, as I remember from way back when, what attracted me to this series was the existence of all these magical beings in one world. That is one thing that back then i’d never seen before and it sounded amazing (plus that it satisfied my current obsession with anything to do with dark angels and vampires).
Now, back then I didn’t have much of a critical thinking, as probably many more impressionable kids reading every YA book they come across, so everything l read sounded like the bee’s knee. Some of it was, as proved my recent listening to the first book. The Downworld is still my favourite fictional world, with its many intrigues that can be interpreted as mirrors of the real world (that’s what I loved about it to begin with, how it adressed racism and homophobia and many more topics that most of the YA books i was reading back them avoided for obvious reasons).
More, some of the characters in this book and the whole series basically shaped me and opened my eyes to some of the realities of the world through the guise of a fun fantasy book.
I’m not saying that it does not have its issues, the first of them coming towards the end of the book, where Clary and Jace find out that they’re (allegedly) related. I don’t really remember a lot about what I thought about that at 13 when I did not know how it all ends up, but I know I had a feeling that Valentine was lying (and I mean it’s been years I think we all know he was, and if we don’t, new fans, they’re gladly not realted, go read the books if you’re into this stuff). An issue a lot of antis have about this books is the “incest” plot, and I fully understand that, it probably would have been scarring if I didn’t just HAVE A FEELING that it was a lie to begin with.
As of now, my main issue with this book is one that a kid reading it way back when would love about it - it can be so cheesy that I ended up cringing when listening to it. And it is hard enough to cringe when your audio is at x2 speed. I had to literally press pause and do a double take on some things that Jace (especially) says. Like i can chalk it all up to him being an edgy teen with a shitty dad saying stuff like “god is dead and we’re all alone” (obvs not an exact quote) and i’m okay with that but boi does he need to chill. Having said that, at 13, Jace was obviously my favourite, i think i had some of his quotes up on a wall.
I love me some Alec Lightwood and goodTM character development now if ya’ll know what I mean.
I don’t have much to say about the plot of “City of Bones” in particular except that I cared more about it at 13 than now, but that’s only normal as I was the target audience back then and there is just something about reading books about characters older than you that makes you go “oh yes they’re mature they know their shit”, whereas now I look at Clary and all I want to do is shake her and tell her to listen to her mom, Luke and friends sometimes.
Thanks for coming to my TedTalk i guess, see ya next time with COA and hopefully an actual review cuz this felt more like an introduction (even if i have no actual audience because as i said before i have a lot of feelings AND i’ve got shit to study i’m avoiding)