Book Summary (Goodreads):
The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters; including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans.
Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them.
The reason why I honestly read this book is because one of my very good friends was obsessed with it and she alway talked about it. So, I decided to look it up and I found that this series is one of the most hyped series on the Internet, and everyone seem to love it! So, in my next visit to the bookstore, I bought the book and immediately read it (This was in 2014).
When I started reading the book, I was so excited about it but then an hour later, I found myself getting really bored with it and with the characters.
I loved the writing style, it was good but I really hated the excessive descriptions of every little detail in the book, it was boring and unnecessary in my point of view. The book could’ve been shorter and more to the point without them.
I found it really hard to get into the book because it was really slow, the chapters would go on and on and the point would be in the end of the chapter. I found myself skimming most of the time just looking for the dialogue between all the descriptions.
Reading this book, I found the characters really annoying and typical. I couldn’t connect with any of them on any level and I couldn’t root for any team (Team William or Team Jem). I found William Herondale is annoying, rude, reckless and not in a cute attractive way. Considering he is living in the victorian era, he didn’t act like the era; his behavior was inappropriate most of the time. I feel that he is written in a way that make the girls feel like he is emotionally damaged and true love is what going to save him (Ugh!).
As for Jem, I find his kindness really annoying. He believes that he can and will save everything just because he is nice! But, good boys have bad secrets too. Jem is a venom addict and he can’t be saved because his body got used to it that if he stopped taking it, he would die! (What a twist in the character’s personality! Sheesh)
And as for the main female protagonist, Tessa Gray. Tessa is one of the most annoying female protagonist that I have ever read. She is self-centered, really judgmental and I didn’t find her personality strong and compelling at all.
I couldn’t see myself wasting time on this book that I finished it literally in one day. I know that this series is loved by a lot of people and I respect that, but this is my opinion and I hope you respect it too. If you loved the series or didn’t like it too, leave a comment of why because I am interested on your thoughts on the book and maybe they will encourage me to continue it (Maybe).
Rating: 1.5 out of 5