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I never reviewed this book after I read it earlier this summer because I freaking loved it and just didn’t even know how to explain it. You know I don’t read barely any fantasy novels (in fact, it’s part of my Courting Genres project) so I was totally surprised by this one and how wholly absorbed I became in this story. I fell in love with the world building and the characters and it made me think perhaps fantasy is a genre I’m going to love. It was just so magical. Sometimes I eyeroll with the whole “normal girl finds out she is special” storyline but this was done FABULOUSLY and I loved watching Alina come into her newfound power. The Darkling terrifies me yet intrigues me SO MUCH and I love Mal but also want to smack him a lot. If this is what YA fantasy is, I WANT MORE. I cannot wait to read Siege & Storm!! Highly recommend this series if you love fantasy and if you are timid about trying YA fantasy I still would say give this a try because the storytelling is to die for.
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
I was so scared to read this because of the HYPE and all of the extremely charged opinions on both sides. Some people passionately love this series and some people venomously HATE this series. Where did I stand? Somewhere in the middle honestly. I was definitely entertained and couldn’t put it down once I get past the beginning. I enjoyed myself while reading and was so intrigued by the world Clare created — seriously it was so FASCINATING and intricate with all sorts of creatures and such and the action was intense. I wasn’t blown away by a lot of the characters or the writing. The thing I hated so much? How are all the characters so witty and sarcastic and funny ALL OF THE TIME? And like, even during really intense, life threatening times. HATE. But overall, I don’t regret reading it because I LIKED it. I’ll get to the next book at some point but unfortunately I didn’t fall in love like everyone else. Could have been the hype? SIDENOTE: I didn’t notice HP similarities because ughh I’ve only just started reading the HP series, so there’s that.
So have you read either of these? What did you think?? I’m so curious where my readers fall for both of these super popular series!