Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Review: City of Heavenly Fire

City of Heavenly Fire City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ending was a bit too neat, and without spoiling it, after the fight and some political (and may be wrong) decisions, it ends with solving a problem too easy and too neat, also I saw that coming, and that is never a good sign for resolving a twist. That could have been written better. Also there may be reason for several decisions or solutions to bite them later on. Still do not like Jace, my favorite characters are Clary, Izzy and Simon. Love and romance was so-so, could have done without some of it, Sex is mentioned, but mostly happening off-page. No pesky love-triangle helps, though. Fight scenes and the main story-line was great, although in my edition (Kindle ebook), the switch between POV from different persons was sometimes very sudden and not easy to find that it has switched and to whom, that should have been chapter-beginnings/endings. As it is, the chapters where too long for fast reading with barely a break to stop reading - I just did stop, when something other came up, but it was not very practical, I often had to read paragraphs again to find the place where I stopped (without setting Bookmarks, I tend not to do that), maybe also a problem with the Kindle Voyage, where it is too easy to touch from a distance and page forward without wanting to - so it may be partly my fault. Remembering the first 5 books, I think the Clary - Jace relationship was seriously grating on my nerves, the main reason for taking a break in reading the books. Although looking at the date of the review of the first 5 books, more when 2 years was rather too long and I skimmed the ending chapters of the book before to get into it, and that helped. Highly recommended, for fans of the series, but you should have read the other books from the series before it. If I had read it another time, I might give it 4 stars, as it is now, more like 4.5 stars, rounded up to 5, I feel like it. As I disregard the problems others have with Cassandra Clare regarding probable lifting of ideas from other books, I have not really followed that discussion. And I do not mind, if the source material is good (one of the reasons I am not sure, I will read 50 shades of grey - I did not like the creepy stalker series Twilight that much).

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