The title definitely says it all, but in case you were too late to read it because it was too long (And I definitely don’t blame you, I hardly read my titles after I write them myself), today is the kind of glorious day in which I bring it my guest, and buddy Azia @ The Uncharted Word 💕 ! We were doing a buddy read (reread in Azia’s case) of TMI, and we finished City of Bones a little while ago. I will be presenting you her glorious thoughts (mine have, like, atrophy or something 😂 You’ll see)
So, let’s get started !
Question: What did you think of the plot ? Was it fast-paced, ‘mundane’, so to speak, or was it rather slow for the amount of pages the book has ?
Azia: The plot is very intriguing and thoroughly engrossing. Even though the pacing was fairly slow during the first half of the story, I found it hard to put the book down.
Clare takes quite a bit of time to build her world and to introduce us to her characters and the world that they live in.
And because of this, the pacing of the book suffers. But it doesn’t necessarily take away from the plot as a whole!
Q: What about the characters ? What about them do you remember most; names, how you visualized them, what they did or by personality ?
Azia: It felt so good to be re-introduced to these characters again! I was surprised at how much of the little details I’d forgotten or had remembered incorrectly.
I forgot that Clary had freckles, that Jace had amber/gold eyes and not blue ones, and that Magnus was described “as thin as a rail.” Simon was very much the same as I had remembered him, but Isabella had somewhat diminished in my eyes. She wasn’t as well-developed in this book as I had originally thought. And I was much more forgiving towards Clary. I think that when I was younger, I was jealous at her exciting situation and her connection to Jace (who I was head-over-heels in love with back then). But now that I’m older,
I see that she’s actually a reasonably well-written character who reacts sensibly most times. I’d still say she can be ridiculously dense and childish, though, especially in regard to romance…
Q: How’s the worldbuilding ? Was it deep and extensive or did you think it lacked work and details ?
Azia: Clare is one of those authors that I can always count on to give me a vividly-detailed world complete with diverse peoples, intricate lore, believable politics, and intriguing cultures.
While not completely flawless, I think she did an excellent job introducing us to her Shadowhunter world.
Q: Now, do you wish anything happened differently in the first book ? Would you change or rewrite certain parts ? Shorten it or lengthen it ?
Azia: I can’t really think of anything specific that I would straight up change or rewrite, but I do think there were some scenes or events that could have been streamlined to shorten the length of the story or to at least quicken the pacing.
I do think that the emergence of Valentine could have been a bit more dramatic, though. I expected a lot more gasping, fainting, and various forms of denial.
Q: Is there anything you found special about the writing ? Did it contribute to the story or was it simply a means to narrate events ?
Azia: I think Clare is very skilled at concealing mysteries. As a re-reader, I knew of the plot twist at the en.
But I noticed that the clues she gave weren’t incredibly obvious. In hindsight they might seem that way, but honestly, while you’re reading, most of those clues fly way under your radar.
They’re so subtly written that the plot twist seems so shocking for first time readers!
Q: Any favorite quotes ?
Azia: Quite a few actually. But because Jace has some of the best quotes throughout the book, I’ll go with one of his dialogues:
“‘Have you fallen in love with the wrong person yet?’
Jace said, ‘Unfortunately, Lady of the Haven, my one true love remains myself.’
…’At least,’ she said, ‘you don’t have to worry about rejection, Jace Wayland.’
‘Not necessarily. I turn myself down occasionally, just to keep it interesting’”
Q: Your favorite character ! And tell us about your OTP, if you have one !
Azia: Easy. Magnus Bane. Why? Sass, sarcasm, glamor, and wit. Just the type of person I’d invite to all my parties. I also LOVE Simon and Jace. And my favorite OTP is Jace and Clary!
They have great banter and I think they really complement each other well. My other OTP is Alec and Magnus! For reasons I cannot say…YET.
Q: How did you rate CoB the first time you read it ? How would you rate it now ? Is anything different ?
Azia: I rated it 4 stars the first time around and after re-reading, I’d stick with that rating.
Even though I’m much less judgemental towards Clary, I’d still agree she’s pretty clueless and useless. I’m not as into Jace’s bad boy persona as I was before, (he’s still really endearing), Isabella’s characterization could have been executed a bit better, and the pacing could have used a boost.
Everything else, though, was well-done!
Q: As a TMI re-reader, would you recommend people to reread them ? Did you notice things you didn’t on the first read ?
Azia: Oh yes, I’d definitely recommend rereading this book.
As I mentioned before, there were some smaller details I forgot or didn’t notice before. And there might be some jokes/puns that finally make sense as they did with me!
Also, it’s kind of cool to know what’s coming, and to be able to pick up on clues and to recognize some subtle character appearances!