Today, I’m writing a kind of different post for you all. I guess you could say it’s a discussion post -or maybe it’ll just end up being me rambling about authors and series to you. As you can see from the title, I was inspired to write this post after finishing The Infernal Devices trilogy, by Cassandra Clare.
Here’s the thing. I have never made a secret of the fact that I am definitely not a fan of her The Mortal Instruments series (pictured above). I’ve only included the covers for the first 4 books, because those are the only ones I’ve read. I was really put off by this series (although I quite enjoy the TV show), and I feel like that’s mostly due to the characters. I didn’t connect to Clary, Jace or Simon. I wasn’t invested in their story. I felt like it was too dramatic -honestly, how many horrible/weird things can happen to two people?? Overall, I’m one of those people who feel like this series should have ended at book 3.
I’m sorry if you love this series, but that’s just the way I feel. Now, flashback to 2013, when I read Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, the first book in her Infernal Devices trilogy.
I was genuinely surprised at how much I enjoyed the first book in this series. Yet I heard/saw a spoiler in a BookTube video on part of the ending (although it wasn’t all that much, now I’ve read it for myself). After that spoiler, I didn’t feel like continuing the trilogy soon.
After reading that book, and deciding I didn’t want to continue soon, I read some pretty amazing books. 2013 was the year in which I picked up reading again. So when I thought about continuing the trilogy, I was hesitant. Here’s why.
“I didn’t really like her TMI series -the drama, the characters, etc. And I’ve read so many amazing books since, my reading standards have increased so much. So I probably won’t really like the trilogy now. Plus, I already know that spoiler I saw…”
Those were my reasons for not continuing. Plus the fact that reading her books is so confusing. There are so many books and novellas set in the Shadowhunter world. IN WHICH ORDER DO YOU READ THEM?
But then this thought crossed my mind.
I really couldn’t care less if someone spoiled me for the ending of The Mortal Instruments. I’d kind of like to know how it ends, but I can’t be bothered with reading them. Yet I would be upset if someone spoiled even more of the ending of The Infernal Devices for me.
So if I’d get upset at a spoiler, I must still be interested in reading it. Last week, I decided to give it a go, and pick up Clockwork Prince. I’m so glad I did. I ended up absolutely loving the story line and characters. In fact, I was invested enough to continue immediately with the final book, Clockwork Princess.
Having finished this trilogy today (Sunday 29.05), I’m so glad I gave Cassandra Clare another go. True, her TMI series is not for me. But that doesn’t mean none of her books are -even if they are set in the same world. I ended up absolutely adoring the characters. I laughed, I was angry -and I even go watery eyes. I will remember some of these characters for a while to come, especially Jem.
Yet here is my problem. I want to try and read more of her work, but don’t know where to start or what to do. For example, I don’t want to read TMI. Yet I need to know how it ends. I love Magnus, but I dislike the other TMI characters. So should I read The Bane Chronicles? The Shadowhunter Academy novellas? Lady Midnight? The only thing I know for sure, is that I’ll probably give the adult books she is going to write about Magnus a try. I do love Magnus.
Have you ever given an author whose work you didn’t enjoy a second try? If so, did you end up enjoying it? Which author was it? And of course, if you have any advice on what to do with my issue on which of her books to read mentioned above, help me!