Recently, what with my reading (and finishing) the last book in the TMI series, I started to reflect back on what I'd thought about all the other books and, in doing so, the series as a whole. It's no secret I prefer The Infernal Devices to The Mortal Instruments, but that does not mean I disliked TMI. I love the Shadowhunter world and anything to do with it, it just so happens I didn't quite connect to TMI like I did TID.
I read the first installment in The Mortal Instruments over two years ago and absolutely loved it. It was the first Shadowhunter novel I ever read and I fell in love with the premise and the world Clare had created. As soon as I'd returned it to the school library, I took out the sequel. But then something funny happened. I started it, went a couple chapters in... and stopped. I ended up returning it to the library.
If you're a die-hard TMI fan, you may be like:
To which my reply is:
I don't fully know why I put City of Ashes down, only that I returned to it about a year later after having read and loved the entire TID trilogy. The second time around I enjoyed it enough to pick up City of Glass, which I ended up really enjoying first time through.
Of course, now that I was half way through this six-part series, I decided I might as well just finish it. Though I didn't feel that invested (to my eyes, it paled in comparison to TID) and Clary was starting to get on my nerves, I was rather infatuated with the Shadowhunter world. I also didn't know where else Clare could take the plot after the seemingly resolved ending and it intrigued me.
My experience with the next book wasn't good at all. I found City of Fallen Angels SO slow, to the point I almost put it down every few pages.
But I shouldered on and continued with the series. City of Lost Souls picked up but I still just wasn't fully feeling it. I started questioning whether or not I should have continued after CoG.
But, for whatever reason, I was really excited to pick up City of Heavenly Fire after it's release. To say I'm confused with my own feelings toward this series is an understatement. And to confuse myself even further, I ended up really loving it. It made my struggles with the previous books seem worth it.
Now my goodreads ratings look like this:
City of Bones - 5 stars
City of Ashes - ? [I couldn't put my feelings toward it into a rating]
City of Glass - 4 stars
City of Fallen Angels - 2 stars
City of Lost Souls - 3 stars
City of Heavenly Fire - 5 stars
My overall average being 3.8 stars.
Overall, I'd say I enjoyed the TMI series. If I can say one thing for certain, however, it's that I LOVE the Shadowhunter world. It's definitely one of my most favourite fictional worlds of all time.
Now that I look back on this post, I don't really see where I was going with it or whether it had a point. I guess I just had to share my feelings toward the series as I hadn't reviewed most of the books and I'm just really curious as to what others think. So...
What has YOUR experience with TMI been like? Did you love it? Or not so much? Which series do you prefer? TMI or TID?