Ah, yes well I have watched these titles go in and out of the library for months, and I have never had an interest in reading them. I think it was the covers that put me off, I don't know, but then, I read the synopsis of the Clockwork Angel, and boy do I want to read that.
I was unaware that these books came before the new title. So, crap, now I had to read these before Clockwork Angel comes out (I already have it on pre-order from my local bookstore). And next week is finals and MOCKINGJAY (and we know I will not do ANYTHING until the 3rd Hunger Games book is complete-including sleep).
I managed to read all three in four days! Not too shabby considering I started Thursday night and had to work all day Friday (rotten work, getting in the way of reading, again).
Here's the thing about this series:
Somethings were really driving me crazy (I almost gave up several chapters into the first book). The overuse of the word "denuded", I mean really. The overuse of the description: It looked like a painting by Bosch.
But, I had this same reaction to the Sookie Stackhouse books, and just like them, by the end of the first book I was HOOKED. Hooked. I did not eat, sleep, or go to the bathroom (until I could not hold it anymore). I just read.
The second book was even better. Clare does something more writers should do-she writes side characters with fully believable details and back stories. None of them are one dimensional.
I love Magnus Bane. I love Simon. I love Raphael.
I especially love Luke.
HOOKED, I tell you. When I read someone compared these books to Harry Potter, I blanched, but I think I know what they mean. When you read them the outside world disappears.
Man, I hope Clockwork Angel is as good. I hope Bane is there (he's what, 700 years old? He just might).
I think that these books should be placed into the hands of anyone who reads the Sookie Stackhouse books, because, as the Philadelphia City Paper called them "literary crack", these books qualify as well.
And for anyone who gave up after a couple of chapters, pick them up again. I promise they get better, and THEN they get really good.