I’m currently halfway through City of Ashes, the second book in the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.
I have to admit that the first book was a bit of a struggle to get through. I read a lot, and have of course made my way through some YA (young adult) literature before, including the Twilight trilogy, but so far there’s always been too much brooding teen angst for it to climb very high up on my list of favorite genres. That being said, I think I’m actually starting to warm up to most of Clare’s characters – though when it comes to Jace, I’m thinking he very much benefitted from having Jamie Campbell Bower portray him in the movie adaption…
Anyway. I had already seen the movie and I neither loved nor hated it. Matter of fact, it left me without any lasting impression of any kind, which is why reading the books wasn’t high on my list of priorities.
Even if I hate a movie based on a book, I’m more likely to read the book, to give both it and the movie a fair chance, than I am if the movie left me completely unaffected – as in the case with The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.
The reason I’m reading the series now, is because I have two friends who absolutely loved it (though they also claim to have really liked the movie…), and while I’ll keep insisting that this will never be a top choice of genre for me, and that you will never find these books on any of my bookshelves, I do find myself wanting to know what’ll happen next.
The copy of the book I’m reading belongs to the library. As is to be expected from any library book a few years old, the pages are well read – and apparently also loved:
Emotional passage or just checking to see if the lipstick can withstand a good smooch?