You would think after getting off to a such a bracing start, that the action and fast pace would continue! Nope!. This chapter for the most part was just pure unadulterated filler. It was short, was full of more infodumps and illogical character interactions than the last chapter. Now to be fair, most second chapters in a novel are bit slower than the first. However, nothing really did anything to move the plot forward, and the characterization and the foreshadowing that was given was heavy-handed and not at all subtle. However, before I tear this chapter and it’s nonsense a new one lets start off with the things I loved.
What I Loved
Wooboy, I looked over the notes and their wasn’t a whole lot that I loved, or even liked. I did like some of the banter between Simon and Clary, and although I think he crossed several lines with that humor, (which we will definitely talk about later) I still liked it
Again, I really I like that Clare is continuing to write Clary and Simon as realistic teenagers. A lot of YA novels tend to write their teenage characters like adults in the bodies of teenagers, instead of just teenagers. To me Clary’ s fight with her mother was very realistic. Jocelyn, Clary’s mother is making Clary pack up and leave the city for the summer, after Clary paid for very expensive classes at the ‘NYU Tisch School of the Arts’ that she saved all year to go to. Any teenager in that situation would be angry.
I know I bitched about the foreshadowing earlier, but one piece of foreshadowing that I really loved was Clary’s interaction with Dorothea’s guest toward the end of the chapter. It was subtle enough that it I was kind of pleasantly surprised by it and it foreshadowed the guest’s later appearance and importance to the over all plot. So I will give Clare kudos for that.