Monday, June 23, 2014

City of Heavenly Fire - Review (Warning: Spoilers)

WARNING: This review may contain some spoilers, so please read at your own risk!

City. Of. Heavenly. Freaking. Fire. AH!

My mind is just: afasdfawbvsfdvbhu

I'm sure your mind was like that too after you finished reading it.

This book was the epitome of a perfect ending to a perfect series, making it beyond perfect all together. My feels are over the top, flooding with joy. I love Cassandra Clare so much. She is the Queen of Fantasy. The QUEEN.

I remember thinking before the book: Oh God, Cassie's going to kill off all my favorite characters. I just know it! I don't think I'll be able to handle it...
After having been quite traumatized by the unexpected ending in Allegiant, and having read all of John Green's emotional stories as well, I became sure that Cassie Clare was also probably going to finish off her series with some horrible losses.

But no. That was not the case at all.

First off, I'd like to say that there were deaths, just not any scarring ones. All the most important characters lived on and I remember feeling so completely, utterly relieved. Thank you, Cassie. Thank you. I feel like killing off meaningful characters, especially main characters, would have been quite disappointing and story-ruining (if that's even a word). I feel like there is a limit to how far you can go with death in a story (depending on the situation, of course) and I feel like Clare did really well with not crossing that line. I'm not trying to point fingers at any authors who have done so in their books (*cough cough* Roth, Green *cough cough*), by all means, it is their story, their work, and they can do whatever they please. But what I am trying to say is that Cassandra Clare probably wrote the best ending I have ever read. She perfectly tied the entire series together with a last book that had a little bit of everything. All the good stuff. And I honor her for that.

Second, I loved, just loved how much closer all the characters became in this last book. I feel like so much occurred in those 725 pages that I got to connect with the characters on such a higher level. It was amazing how Clare allowed us to see the weaker side of her characters. From Clary to Magnus. All of them. Personally, I feel like it truly made my bond with them stronger (which means there's a less chance that I'll ever forget about this book). When Clary, Jace, Simon, Isabelle, and Alec first arrived into the demon realm, they each were shown a dream of what they loved or desired the most. In some cases it was a person, in others it was a certain dream-life. These dreams were given to them by a demon on entering the demon realms. I remember reading their dreams and being on the verge of tears on seeing what could have been but couldn't, on seeing what they longed for so badly, but knew they could never have. For example, Clary having Sebastian as just her normal brother Jonathan. Or Isabelle, getting Max back. Or Alec, getting complete approval from his father. Of course, these dreams each had something slightly wrong with them since the demon could not efficiently transfer what they loved into a perfect dream. After reading it though, I just remember feeling like I had become one step closer to each of them. This goes for Magnus as well. When he was dying in the cell, just seeing him weak that way with no magic, shine or glamour—so vulnerable—I felt like I got to know him. Like we were not just acquaintances, but friends. (P.S. I love you Magnus! You're one of my favorites.)

Enough with the sad parts though, I need to spill about how I also laughed so damn much in this story, it's crazy. Can I just state that I absolutely ADORED Alec's sass? I've always had this special spot for Alec. I LOVE YOU. You made me laugh the most. (P.S. I really hope you and Magnus get married in TDA!!! #OTP) 

Speaking of OTP...Clace! Clary and Jace finally did it! Yay for Clace sexy time! I remember just sitting on my bed literally squealing the entire time during Clary and Jace's sex scene. I just couldn't believe it was actually happening. After 5 books of waiting, I was beginning to grow sort of impatient! So you cannot believe how happy I was when Clace made love. (Points for Cassie for also knowing how to write really good love scenes.)

Well guys, I think that's it. Well, not really. There's so much more I'd love to talk about (I mean, common, the book was HUGE!) but if I start talking about one thing it will then lead to another, and before you know it I'll have written a ten page essay titled "Why I loved Cassandra Clare's City of Heavenly Fire" and I don't think you guys want to read a ten page essay. 

So, these were some of the highlights from City of Heavenly Fire. I can't believe this amazing series is actually over, it hasn't really hit me yet. I cannot wait for The Dark Artifices, though. I know Cassandra Clare will definitely not fail at writing yet another epic and wonderful series. 

Thank you C. Clare, it has truly been an honor to have had the privilege of reading  TMI. 

Ave Atque Vale, The Mortal Instruments.

Star Rating: 5/5

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